Animal abuse in laboratories
by mylz77 on November 12, 2014 - 7:55pm
This article presents a neurological experiment that has been conducted by six scientists from different organization. It was published in the Journal of Neuroscience in 2013, one year after the research. It describes the issue of animal abuse in scientific research. The main purpose of this study was to examine the development of the vision in primates including humans and non-humans. To make their experiences, they used one of the best-known species of monkeys: the rhesus macaque. Fifteen of them had been selected whether five 4-week old, four 8-week old and 6 adults. The researcher first anesthetised the monkeys to conduct a brain surgery during which electrodes were implanted. Then, the monkeys were paralyzed and placed in a head frame to record electrode lasting 2 to 4 days. After several days of electrode recording trials, the baby monkeys were killed and their brain cut for further studies. Finally, they compared the neural pathways with those that have already been studied in adult monkeys. The scientists described their findings as not surprising because they argue that baby monkeys already have functional vision at birth. So all that suffering and waste of life for nothing.
Monkeys are often used in neurological research because, out of all animal species, they are the one who are the most neurologically similar to humans. But, is it ethical to make a cruel experiment on newborn rhesus monkeys that yield no new knowledge or advancement in the development of vision in humans? Or to be more general, when, if ever, the use of non-human animals in scientific research is ethical?