As an alumnus, I was glad to see the Argus’ recent articles discussing the cruelty animals are forced to endure in laboratories (“Animal Testing Poses Ethical Questions” 3/26 and “Ratting Out Animal Testing: Labs Seek Ethical Experimentation” 4/2).
Last month, Nobel laureate J.M. Coetzee and more than 150 other thought-leaders and scientists endorsed a comprehensive study on animal testing by the Oxford Centre for Animal Ethics that concludes such experiments are “unthinkable” and that “In terms of harm, pain, suffering, and death, this constitutes one of the major moral issues of our time.”
Bartlett is a member of the class of 2003 and director of marketing innovation at PETA.
Each year more than 100 million animals —including monkeys, dogs, cats, mice and rats— are experimented on in U.S. laboratories. These animals are locked alone in small cages, have their skin burned off with no pain relief, are force-fed chemicals, undergo invasive surgeries and are subjected to crippling illnesses.
There is a growing agreement that experimenting on animals is ethically and scientifically unjustifiable and I hope the Argus’ reporting will open students’ eyes to this atrocity.