The National Institute of Health (NIH) is restructuring and animal testing facilities are worried they will lose funding in the process.
The NIH is discussing plans to open a new facility that will supposedly speed up the process by which laboratory results will be implemented into practical procedures and medications. This branch of medicine is called translational medicine.
Researchers who perform animal experiments fear that restructuring will lead to fewer funding dollars for their respective programs. As more dollars are funneled into the new facility, fewer will go to older facilities and programs and according to NIH guidelines, one older facility will have to be cut when the new one is established.
The process here is complicated as all bureaucratic debates about government funding inevitably are. A program here is funded to applause while an analogous program elsewhere is defunded to groans and complaints.
The NIH has stated explicitly that it isn’t attempting to eliminate funding for animal testing.
However, as innovation and progress are inherently hostile to outdated and scientifically unsound practices like vivisection, any move toward newer procedures will undoubtedly be at least a small step away from animal testing.
Scientists who make their living torturing animals have a vested interest in maintaining the status quo, deferring progress, and discrediting newer techniques which will inevitably bring the realm of medical research into the modern age and out of the dark and brutal age of vivisection.
As a veterinarian who worked in an animal testing facility told me, the funding for this kind of experimentation is addictive. Researchers get so invested in the way things are done because it is a safe route to maintaining their cash flow. This addiction, he assured me, will only be broken when the federal government mandates newer techniques for medical research and sparks innovation in promising alternatives.
Animal testing is a scientific farce and an ethical affront to our better nature. We must exhaust every avenue of ending vivisection not only because of its outdated scientific status, but because it maintains the morally reprehensible dogma that any treatment of animals, no matter how arbitrary, painful, disgusting, or unimaginable, is justifiable if it has any potential to ever benefit humanity.
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