From the Eastern Daily Press, Saturday, January 27, 2001.
Hypocrisy over animal testing
C L MERRIOTT,
Bath Hills Farm,
How sad it is to see on the television and in the national Press that there are so many hypocrites out there. 1 am talking about the people who are vowing to close down Huntingdon Life Sciences. There is not one among them who has not been touched by illness or injury to themselves, family or friends, who will take or have taken drugs to relieve pain or illness.
Consider all the trappings of modern life - the films you use, the print you read,. the clothes you wear, the containers you use and the food you eat.
How do you think they get to the point for you to buy or use them? All compounds have to be tested by law. Please do not get confused by labels on materials that state "this product is not tested on animals". The product might not be, but its components, or its plastic lid, bottle or print most certainly have been in the past.
We all want cures for cancer, which will kill one in four of all humans on this planet, asthma and diabetes. We all want operations without pain: none of these would be possible without this type of research.
There is simply no technology at this time that can replace it, despite some people quoting some obscure doctor this or professor that, whom, whom no one has ever seen. But there will be the technology in the future to do so. And where do you think the type of research to find this alternative technology is being carried out? Yes, it's at this very research centre, and others like it.
These people are fully aware that what they do is controversial but necessary, and this is why they for years have been looking at other ways of doing it - egg culture tests, faster computer programs, just to be able to cut down on animal use. They have great feelings and care for the animals in the facility, but know that the work they do is for the world's benefit.
If these people are left alone, all goals will be met in time, as their own research into alternative technologies will reduce and eventually eliminate animal use. But in the meantime this research is required for all our benefits, for which we all take willingly.
Do not let the aggressive hypocritical militant few destroy what the majority of people recognise as a requirement for a better world for tomorrow for ourselves and our children.
Or do you wish a return to the dark ages, of operations with pain, suffering, and death by simple illness, as this is at this time the only alternative. Not much fun is it?