View on Animals
"In the Book of Genesis, man is granted dominion over animals. But many cultures don't see things that way. In India, cattle are sacred. In Indonesia, elephants are worshiped. In the United States, dogs, cats and other pets are raised to near human-like status and awarded special protections by animal-cruelty laws. So what about the millions of animals used for scientific experimentation and commercial profit?" What this is basically saying is that animals are treated very highly in many places, such as in India, Indonesia, and the U.S.
In the article Escape the Research Mousetrap, it says "It’s easy to forget the little guys. While many people are concerned about the abuse of dogs, cats, and chimpanzees in laboratory experiments, rats and mice are not even defined as “animals” in the U.S.AnimalWelfare Act. Ditto for birds. And yet these forgotten animals are routinely subjected to miserable conditions in ongoing experiments and are used in far higher numbers than other species.In many experiments, a large number of animals are bred in attempts to create the right genetic traits in their offspring. The less-than-suitable progeny are all killed along the way. Not only are many scientists asking why they spend their days killing animals by the dozen; more and more researchers are asking the fundamental question—where do these experiments get us? Are we curing diseases or spinning our wheels?"
This quote is asking us if testing on these small animals is really helping. Many animals that are close to us genetically, and animals that we keep as pets are easy to remember since we care so much about them, but there are animals that nobody really remembers. There are animals such as mice, gerbils, and hamsters that are being killed, and people are wondering if its worth the pain they are being put through, and if the experiments done on them are helping.
More Equal Animals?
Fehr-Snyder, Kerry, And Others. "Almost Human." Arizona Republic (Phoenix, AZ)dec. 10, 2000: J1-J2. Web. 3 Feb. 2014. <http://sks.sirs.com>.
Knickerbocker, Brad. "'Some Animals Are More Equal Than Others'" Christian Science Monitor dec. 2, 1999: N.p. Web. 3 Feb. 2014. <http://sks.sirs.com>.