Friday, August 26, 2011

FFF55. Experiment

“Don’t be stupid”, the man in the white coat said, “They’re just dumb animals. They don’t matter and they can’t possibly understand what we’re doing to them.”
But  X19108 was born in the laboratory and had seen his mother, his sister and friends suffer at this man’s hands.
And he'd learned how a hypodermic worked.

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A recent review of laboratory use of non-human primates (monkeys) in the UK revealed that almost a tenth of the projects involving them between 1997 and 2007 produced no significant scientific, medical or social benefit. But we still use them - and new EU laws that are due to be introduced in 2013 will reduce their protection even further.

OK. Now I've depressed you, hop over the see the G-Man to read other people's Friday Fifty Fives.

15 comments:

Lydia said...

Their protection is being reduced? Oh, that is awful. I guess I will have to look into this as a cause to work on in my own small way.
Powerful 55.

Brian Miller said...

good lord....not a monkey wiht a hypoderm! (runs screaming from the room) i really dont like needles

Jarmara Falconer said...

I want to see what would happen if it was decided to do more experiments on human... |I bet there would be more protests.

As I always say if an animal saves a human's life whether from a burning building or a overflowing river... Everyone is amazed and call it love and loyalty, but a pig can give up a lung or a heart to save a man, but you never hear of a human giving up a organ to save animal...
Just a thought :-)

G-Man said...

We don't use mice anymore?
Lets use Child molesters!!!!
Loved your 55 Annie
Thanks for playing, and have a Kick Ass Week-End

Mona said...

yea! Now comes their turn to take revenge :D

izzy said...

Sometimes they use cats and I hate it!
anything that alters them is horrible...

Akelamalu said...

Of course they understand, it's so sad. Then comes 'The Planet Of The Apes'!

Nara Malone said...

One of my goals as a writer is to at least make people aware of what goes on in labs right now. So very few seem to know about animal/human hybrid research that blends species. My job used to take me in and out of research labs and it broke my heart seeing what was done to those monkeys. Thanks for this great 55.

hedgewitch said...

Sad--and an issue people just don't seem to feel the outrage for as they used to--maybe there are too many other outrages these days, but this one always hurts, for me. Excellent 55.

Mama Zen said...

Oh, that breaks my heart!

Cad said...

Retribution!

hope said...

Go Monkey!

Sometimes I wonder how we qualified to be the "smarter" species.

Interesting tale!

5thsister said...

Whatever you do, do not let the Monkey Man know!

Seriously, though, I thought strict rules and regulations were in place and that they were getting tougher with each passing year. I guess I've been living within a pink bubble. This really stinks.

Morning said...

cute and playful 55.

love your wit.
smiles.

snafu said...

Ahh!, the Frankenstein syndrome rides again. Great mini story.
The theme reminded me that in 1982, Stephen Gallagher wrote the novel Chimera, which was later serialised on TV, in which research is being done on monkeys and other animals. In the novel, he states that animal research is much less useful than generally supposed and points out that the animal that gave us the word for ‘experimental subject’, Guineapigs, die if given penicillin.
In 2006, Michael Crichton also wrote a similar themed novel Next, which is much more related with the legal aspects of gene ownership, but includes the futility of certain forms of animal research. Although fiction, both these novels are worth reading, particularly if you are concerned about this kind of research.
PS, I like G-Man's comment.