I’m an animal rights activist. I’m an advocate for nonhuman personhood rights, but I’m also not necessarily anti-animal testing for scientific and medical research. Some may say that I’m a hypocrite for adhering to this, but then I don’t see any other way around it without truly becoming a hypocrite – a pseudo-“animal rights activist.”
As noted by the California Veterinary Medical Association:
“Without animal research, millions of dogs, cats, birds, and farm animals would be dead from more than 200 diseases, including anthrax, distemper, rabies, feline leukemia, and canine parvo virus, according to Americans for Medical Progress (AMP), a nonprofit group that supports the responsible and humane use of animals in biomedical research. Today, those diseases are largely preventable, thanks to vaccines and treatments developed in animal research.”
Knowing this very important fact – that animal testing for scientific and medical research has resulted in not only our own species’ medical improvement, but also the medical improvement of millions of other animals as well – how then can any animal rights activist seriously say they’re unconditionally opposed to animal testing? To adhere to such a position is about as close to adhering to pseudo-science as one can get.
Understand, I’m not saying that being opposed to animal testing research in general is “pseudo-scientific.” Certainly there are many medical tests which we no longer necessitate the use of animals, especially in our technological era. But I am saying that it’s not a closed and done deal regarding the question of animal testing via medical research.
I’m mainly opposed to unconditional opposition to animal testing as a whole, without really laying down a clear and concise overview of which medical research still necessitates animal testing and which does not. It’s simplistic and, yes, pseudo-scientific. Knowing that the lives of our nonhuman family are important – especially those who are consciously aware of their being alive – I also understand the importance animal testing played in ensuring that millions of animals’ lives were not taken due to diseases that were either cured or alleviated due to animal testing.