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Don't all doctors support the concept of animal experimentation?
No, but many medical professionals endorse lab animal research, as a
matter of principle rather than informed conviction. With busy
specialized careers and only thin information to the contrary, few
physicians are willing to shoulder the burden of publicly dissenting
with their peers. This dissent requires too much research and too much
risk. However, if consulted privately, they will admit that they study
human data, not animal data to determine how best to treat their
patients. The Physicians Committee for
Responsible Medicine and The
Medical Research Modernization Committee are two physician-based
organization that agree with AFMA that experiments on animals do not
lead to cures for human disease.
Animal experimentation is part of the curricula at some medical
schools. Moreover, many medical schools are associated with research
institutes; these rely on animal experimentation for grant money. This
style of education, therefore, leads physicians to believe that
experiments on animals are associated with medical progress. Note, this
does not mean animals are responsible for medical progress. Animal
experiments provide results; however, physicians themselves will have to
admit that the results they themselves were exposed to did not provide
new data of relevance to humans. When pressed to provide examples of how
animal experimentation has contributed to their field, these
professionals invariably come up short. They may hold onto the
possibility that the animal model, though not germane to their field, is
of use in other disciplines.
In this litigious climate, doctors would be reluctant to prescribe
drugs if they knew that the animal-testing aspect of the drug's
development worked against, rather than for, patient health. Hence,
pharmaceutical companies promote the belief that animal testing assures
the safety and effectiveness of medications that physicians rely upon.
This "bill of goods" is another reason why physicians support animal
It must be added that physicians, if not proactively in pursuit of
facts to the contrary, are also very easily persuaded by the steady
influx of public relations perpetrated by animal experimenters. Animal
experimentation has a long history, and with tens of thousands of people
and some of the world's largest corporations entirely devoted to
maintaining the status quo, it would take a brave physician, and one
with a lot of time on his or her hands, to speak out against it.
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God's Creatures Ministry is committed to spreading God's
compassion to all He has made based on The Scriptures. Although we are a
Christian Ministry, we encourage all to have their own animal welfare committee
in their community. We extend our resources to those who would like to learn
more or begin their own God's Creatures Ministry as an extension of us. God
created us to have a vegetarian diet and commissioned us to protect His animals.
Instead, we have exploited them for our entertainment, fashion, appetite and
useless, torturous research. These creatures have the right to live as they were
created to live. Because we live IN this world, but are not OF this world, we
strive to bring God's mercy and justice to all. We live in God's Kingdom now
where Jesus, The Sacrificial Lamb, The Prince of Peace, The Lion of Judah
reigns. We look forward to that day when all of creation will be 'set free from
slavery to corruption and share in the glorious freedom of the children of God'
(Romans 8:21) where a little child will lead and guide God's creatures (see
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