Tens of millions of animals are prisoners in research labs where scientists conduct experiments on them. Some experiments are lethal; the subjects of others live to see another day — and another experiment. Much of this research is not only cruel, it is useless and even silly.
The federal National Institutes of Health likely spends well over a billion dollars on vivisection every year. It is supposed to fund research that will help extend healthy life and reduce the burdens of illness and disability (for humans). But a significant portion of its grant money goes towards research that doesn’t serve NIH’s mission at all.
Many people resign themselves to or even champion animal research as an indispensable tool for saving human lives, but alternatives exist, and there would be more of them if the federal administration did what Congress told it to do.
NIH has turned its back on a Congressional mandate that it reduce the number of animals labs use and fund the development of experimental methods that don’t involve animals. Instead it continues to fund the confinement, torture, and killing of animals for no good reason, uses taxpayer dollars to do it, and ignores its own mission.
You be the judge: here is In Defense of Animals’ list of last year’s most ludicrous experiments.
Top 10 Most Ridiculous Research on Animals for 2011
10. DRUG-INDUCED ARTHRITIS IN RATS MAKES EXERCISE HARDER
9. RATS WHO RUN AROUND MORE APPEAR TO BE MORE ANXIOUS
8. PRAIRIE VOLES STUDY SUGGESTS SINGLE MOMS RAISE LESS LOVING CHILDREN
7. DIETING HAMSTERS CHOOSE FOOD OVER SEX
6. RAT BITTER-TASTE NERVES APPEAR TO WORK
5. CONTAGIOUS YAWNING IN CHIMPANZEES IS EMPATHETIC
4. ALLIGATORS’ SOUNDS AND ANATOMY DIFFER FROM HUMANS’
3. LEMON-FRESH SCENT CAN INDUCE ERECTIONS IN MONKEYS
2. RATS FIND MILES DAVIS IS BETTER WITH COCAINE
1. LABS ARE STRESSFUL PLACES FOR MONKEYS
Wow — arthritis makes exercise harder. Who knew? Well, at last count, pretty much everyone. And how about that groundbreaking insight that alligators are different from humans!
This list made it even harder than usual to write that check to the IRS this year.