Mary, the mass of flesh sold in one month in your average USA supermarket is greater than all the higher animal flesh sacrificed in medical research in the whole nation. While this observation makes me buy vegetarian most of the time, I think it is utterly hypocritical and anti-human to carry on about experiments on animals before first shutting down eating of them. These experiments save human lives, millions and millions of them, when looked at collectively. There is no other way to do it. Sure, some of them aren't absolutely "necessary" but how to know which one isn't? That doesn't mean I don't cry about it sometimes, or that I would ever turn in the odd person who, after developing a relationship with a nice Rhesus monkey, steals it from a primate center and takes it home as a pet, unable to abide letting it be killed. \n\nThing is, I know, without a shadow of a doubt, that the very same ladies who are most vociferous about animals experiments and carry on so would send legions of animals to their deaths in an instant if it meant their own child would not die. Go to a burn ward, or childrens oncology unit, or any surgery ward for children. You will see them there and it will make you weep for a lifetime. Ask yourself how we will learn how to deal with burns better, or train doctors without working with animals for medicine? This is not easy. I don't like it either. \n\nBut there is another way to eat, Jains and many vegetarians demonstrate this. Those animals we eat die so that we of the West can get obese and dine out at fine restaurants, no? However, if all of us stopped eating meat, chicken, fish, would that improve the world? What about all those animals whose only reason for existing is to become human food? What about all those animals who would never live at all if there were not monkey experiments? Even chimpanzees, if there were experiments conducted on them again would have, thereby, another reason for being preserved as a species - one that might actually prevent their extinction.