Animal testing at our universities
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As a committed vegetarian, animal shelter volunteer and general lover of all Gods’ creatures, I was shocked, if not utterly appalled, at the recent news of 150,000 deaths of animals due to lab testing at The University of Manchester. As a much contested issue, the role of animals in medical research is in constant dispute and recently it seems all the secrets that we as a pet loving society play ignorant to are coming out. The expectation of companies such as Huntington Life Sciences Ltd on the disgusting and mostly unnecessary use of animals for testing is constantly hit by animal rights activism groups such as SHAC, but the new outrage of animal testing at our universities is taking off a more personal, public level. The idea that monkeys are given Parkinson’s disease, goats are fitted with pacemakers and mice are modified for kidney failure makes myself shudder with anger. But it was the recent outbreak of the story of Cardiff’s Kittens that really sparked the public to hit back with comments about the ethics of animal testing.
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