Rhesus Monkeys have a long history of involvement in Scientific Research
The recent story in the New York Times regarding monkeys used in laboratory research has got people talking- and cussing, and they’re outright disgusted.
After keeping the monkeys in cages (to severely limit their exercise) for months or years, and feeding them a high fat, high carb, high calorie diet, they’ve come to the conclusion that one can get fat, and then, in turn, develop heart disease and diabetes. There’s another motive to this so-called research. The animal testing was done by the Oregon National Primate Research Center, on behalf of Rhythm Pharmaceuticals, who tested an experimental diet drug on the monkeys.
Animal testing is wrong on so many levels. This particular experiment is wrong in an additional sense of being completely redundant. Do we all not know and understand how one becomes afflicted with fatness, heart disease, and diabetes? Do we not know that smoking tobacco causes emphysema? Do we not know that boozing it up in the Asshole Gran Prix on I-95, could lead to some kind of flaming car wreck? There are some things we just know for certain.
We do not need to kill others (in the name of science) to prove something we see every single day.
In another study, a group of academic researchers is using the monkeys to compare gastric bypass surgery with weight loss from forced dieting. One goal is to try to figure out the hormonal mechanisms by which the surgery can quickly resolve diabetes, so that drugs might one day be developed to have the same effect. To that end, the study will do what cannot be done with people — kill some of the monkeys to examine their brains and pancreases.
Why can’t this be done with people? No volunteers? Are they implying that the monkeys volunteered? Of course not. They own the monkeys as property.
“The greatness of a society and its moral progress can be judged by the way it treats its animals.”
“Doing primate studies is about as difficult as doing human studies from an ethical standpoint,” said Dr. Lee M. Kaplan, director of the weight center at Massachusetts General Hospital, who is one of the researchers in the bariatric surgery study here.
But, not quite as difficult, since they’re actually being killed- from an ethical standpoint.
The studies also found something else that could be important for people — that eating a healthy diet during pregnancy reduced troubles in the offspring.
A study was not needed to prove something we all instinctively know. And, on the chance some of us do not know this, some of us may want to reconsider our reproductive plans.
Dr. Kevin L. Grove