Date: May 30, 1988
|Unnecessary Rules Are Already Strangling Medical Research|
In the past few years, attacks on medical research by animal "welfare" groups have become vicious, even violent. Their tactics are clearly paying off. The costs of using animals in medical research have soared. Even more chilling, allowable procedures for using animals are becoming so restrictive that research now takes far more time, energy, and intellectual effort than it did even a few years ago.
While medical research using animals has not been killed outright, it is slowly bleeding to death. And regulations being proposed will only hasten its demise.
Since many lower animals respond to surgical procedures and to medical treatment in much the same way as humans, animal experiments have provided most of the advances throughout the history of medical research. Who in his right mind would...