Of course, thing has yet to go that far. We're not facing some kind of apocalypse, and certainly not extermination by aliens so we can still work on sustainable development to achieve a win-win situation. But some people, and I seriously mean some people, emphasize the well-being of animals more than the well-bring of their own kind. And I'm not talking about the Japanese-hunting-whales-thingy. I'm against that, too.
|Please stop whaling. Image: sustainablesushi.net|
Lord Drayson, who was a minister in the last Labour government, said "extremists" had picked off the companies, which had pulled out of transporting laboratory mice and other animals. The Times reported that Stena Line had followed DFDS Seaways in halting the carriage of test animals, closing the last sea route for medical researchers. The Channel tunnel had long refused the trade, it said, while no UK-based airline, including British Airways, would carry laboratory animals.-- http://www.guardian.co.uk
And animal testing, especially on prolific-breeders like laboratory mice is actually no big deal. They are like breeding machines on steroid. Laboratory mice reach sexual maturity by six weeks of age, and could produce up to 14 pups after a gestation period of 19~21 days. Mice infestation is a problem in many parts of the world so why worry about them? They are the most adaptable animal after humans, and most importantly they are the least of our concern when it comes to animal conservation.
To come think of it, thousands of cancer patients, Alzheimer's patients are waiting for medical breakthroughs all over the world, and yet the animal rights activists couldn't understand the need to sacrifice a few rodents?
They should be charged with manslaughter.
p/s: note that I'm against poaching, consumption of shark fin, and unplanned deforestation. But mice? Oh please.