The Fellowship of Life
I read David Wigley's letter "Responsible Choices" (January 2) with a sense of despair. Just to answer one or two points:
Firstly, there is an infinite number of cosmetics and shampoos on
the market made with natural, unharmful ingredients, so there is no
need to squirt neat shampoo into the eyes of rabbits causing untold
suffering and blindness as rabbits have no tear ducts (the infamous
Secondly, Mr Wigley, seeking to justify medical experiments,
quotes the Thalidomide episode. Surely he knows that Thalidomide was
tested on animals and passed as safe. We all know the terrible
results of that 'safe' drug when taken by humans.
Finally, Mr Wigley is thankful that we will all be safer and
healthier (a debatable point) because of animal experiments. I'm
afraid the price is too high to allow for too much thankfulness.
I hope Mr Wigley is in the minority. If not, God help us -
because nobody else can.
David Wigley's reply to the Rev Peter Mundy's letter expressing
concern for animal welfare would seek to make a case for continuing
millions of experiments on living animals every year.
Can this be justified? We have so many drugs on the market that
it must be impossible for any doctor to keep up with the flood of
information relating to them. There are already enough shampoos,
cosmetics, weedkillers etc. We do not need any more.
Why should animals have to suffer in order that companies can
boost their profits? In any case animal tests do not guarantee
safety. Different species can react very differently to the same
We need to be reminded of the theological basis of our attitude
to the animal creation, which must rest, as the Conference statement
on the treatment of animals says, 'on the concept of stewardship
rather than lordship, must accept the implications of the reality of
the interdependence of life on our planet and must express the
conviction that creation is good.'
G E Turner
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