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Jentsch Harms Both Animals and People
If Jentsch’s work is so crucial, why doesn’t he volunteer himself or members of his family as test subjects?
J. David Jentsch (pronounced “Yench”) uses primates in addiction studies. Interestingly, the article written about him in the Los Angeles Times ends with his saying that animals don’t suffer the psychosocial pain that underlies addiction. Jentsch has therein unwittingly cited and acknowledged one of the arguments made by the animal rights movement!
Substance abuse is clearly an area of inquiry that lends itself admirably to human clinical studies. People, unlike animals, can dialogue with the examiner and discuss their experiences with addiction. Millions of dollars squandered to make tweakers out of monkeys could be allocated for educational and counseling programs to identify and address the socioeconomic and psychodynamic underpinnings of addiction in populations at risk for use of intoxicants.
Here are another couple of points. Jentsch claims in a radio interview with Dr. Jerry Vlasak (see link below) that he needs to “sacrifice” a certain number of animals to look at their brains and attempt to discover the molecular changes that occur as a result of addiction. So, how long does it take to do that? These vivisectors perform the same experiments repeatedly for decades. And why don’t they just autopsy the brains of deceased human addicts?
Vivisectors like to paint themselves as altruistic “doctors” searching for “cures” for human ailments, but in reality they are simply psychopaths drawn to a legal and remunerative avenue which channels their impulses to torture and murder other living beings and serves to prop up the medical and pharmaceutical industries as our poor diets, polluted environment, and disastrous personal behaviors far outstrip our heritable predilections as contributors to ultimate illness. Notice how there seems to be a plethora of psychologists among their ranks. Animal abuse is one of the hallmark symptoms of psychopathology. Another is the complete inability to empathize with the suffering of other sentient beings while wailing with abject indignation when the tables are turned.
The vivisectors also know that test data cannot be reliably extrapolated from one species to another – no matter how “close” they are phylogenetically. Most of our diseases are the result of faulty lifestyle choices. Addiction, especially, is entirely volitional – and most people are well aware of its untoward consequences before making the ruinous decision to flirt with such a formidable adversary.
I also observe the saturation of the field with Jews. As a Jew, myself, I must ask what we as a people have learned from – how we have morally evolved as a result of – the Holocaust. The antebellum white landed gentry believed that they were entitled to keep slaves because blacks were “inferior” to whites. Adolph Hitler felt that he had the right to put 6,000,000 Jews into gas chambers and ovens because Semites were “inferior” to Aryans. And Jentsch perceives that he has a license to experiment on primates because animals are “inferior” to humans.
Jentsch states that animals are not on a trajectory toward becoming fully human. Neither is a retarded baby or a child with terminal cancer. Besides, when it comes to suffering, we are all equal. How about the argument that exploiting one group may do some good for another? Certainly free labor benefited the Southern plantation owners and expropriating the worldly assets of millions of European Jews was immensely profitable for the Nazis!
Vivisection is a morally repugnant, scientifically fraudulent, and blatantly anachronistic method of research. It is both an animal rights and a human rights issue. Jentsch harms both animals and people; he empirically has the interests of neither at heart.
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