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We’ve Got Issues : Animal Testing

In this episode of “We’ve Got Issues,” I focus on the controversial practice of animal testing. Specifically, I examine various arguments on both sides of the following question: should we perform scientific testing on live animals? On one side of the issue, many people argue that animal testing is an essential component of medical and scientific progress and, by halting these tests, we would be harming humans. On the other hand, there are plenty of claims to be made for the unethical nature of animal testing.

Also, a big shoutout to my good friend Max Pozek. He created the intro and outro music for this episode of the podcast. If you liked what you heard, be sure and check out the rest of his music. Here is the link to his Soundcloud: https://soundcloud.com/100012/tracks 

The background music for this episode of the podcast is from BADBADNOTGOOD and Ghostface Killah’s Sour Soul, and can be found at: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=RW3li2XWgoM 


Show Notes:

Below, you will find a list of sources that I referenced in this episode of the podcast. I encourage everyone to check out these various sites to learn more about the topic of animal testing.

Alternatives to Animal Testing
http://www.understandinganimalresearch.org.uk/how/three-rs/alternatives-and-replacements/

Animal Testing & The Law
http://aldf.org/resources/when-you-witness-animal-cruelty/animal-testing-and-the-law/

Benefits of Testing
http://www.pro-test.org.uk/facts.php?lt=c

Humane Society
http://www.hsi.org/campaigns/end_animal_testing/qa/about.html?referrer=https://www.google.com/

Nitric Oxide Nobel Prize
http://circ.ahajournals.org/content/98/22/2365

Alternatives
https://speakingofresearch.com/extremism-undone/alternatives/

The Elixir Tragedy
http://www.the-scientist.com/?articles.view/articleNo/35714/title/The-Elixir-Tragedy–1937/

Cosmetic Testing
http://www.humanesociety.org/issues/cosmetic_testing/qa/questions_answers.html?referrer=https://www.google.com/#legally?referrer=http://www.humanesociety.org/issues/cosmetic_testing/qa/questions_answers.html

Companies That Test on Animals
http://www.peta.org/living/beauty/companies-test-on-animals/

FAQ’s (Animal Testing)
http://www.understandinganimalresearch.org.uk/resources/faqs/

Thalidomide Tragedy
http://www.sciencemuseum.org.uk/broughttolife/themes/controversies/thalidomide

Utilitarianism
https://www.scu.edu/ethics/ethics-resources/ethical-decision-making/calculating-consequences-the-utilitarian-approach/

Vice: Inside the Monkey Lab
https://news.vice.com/video/experimenting-on-animals-inside-the-monkey-lab

Oxford Scope of Testing
http://www.ox.ac.uk/news-and-events/animal-research/research-using-animals-an-overview

Cosmetic Testing
http://www.humanesociety.org/issues/cosmetic_testing/tips/common_cosmetics_tests_animals.html?referrer=https://www.google.com/

How Stuff Works: Animal Testing
http://science.howstuffworks.com/innovation/scientific-experiments/animal-testing.htm/printable

PETA Primate Testing
http://www.peta.org/issues/animals-used-for-experimentation/primates-laboratories/

Wisconsin Testing
http://www.politifact.com/wisconsin/statements/2013/oct/18/people-ethical-treatment-animals/cats-have-holes-drilled-their-heads-undergo-other-/
https://www.mspca.org/animal_protection/cruelty-free-labeling/

KU Med Center
http://www2.ljworld.com/news/2009/dec/21/ku-medical-center-changes-policies-adds-staff-impr/

Rat Tobacco Experiment
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=HUFYzY-ZdZg

Pit of Despair
https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Pit_of_despair
http://pages.uoregon.edu/adoption/studies/HarlowMLE.htm

Rat Flowerpot Test
https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/9035255

Psychological Effects of Animal Testing
http://www.pcrm.org/research/resch/animalspsych

NIH Animal Benefits from Testing
https://grants.nih.gov/grants/policy/air/AnimalResearchFS06.pdf

Cats and Dogs Used
http://www.aboutanimaltesting.co.uk/cats-dogs-used-for-testing.html

Rats Tickled
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=j-admRGFVNM

NIH Ends Support for Chimp Testing
https://www.nih.gov/about-nih/who-we-are/nih-director/statements/nih-will-no-longer-support-biomedical-research-chimpanzees

Science Mag NIH Article
http://www.sciencemag.org/news/2016/02/nih-review-its-policies-all-nonhuman-primate-research

Koko IQ
http://skeptics.stackexchange.com/questions/32155/does-the-gorilla-koko-have-an-iq-in-the-range-70-95

Peter Singer: All Animals Are Equal
http://www.davidjamesbar.net/wp-content/uploads/2017/01/Singer-All-Animals-are-Equal.pdf

94% of Animal Passed Drugs Fail in Humans
http://www.understandinganimalresearch.org.uk/news/communications-media/nine-out-of-ten-statistics-are-taken-out-of-context/

TGN1412
https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC2964774/

The Flaws and Human Harms of Animal Testing
https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC4594046/

Failures of HIV Testing
https://www.crueltyfreeinternational.org/what-we-do/blog/monkeys-are-still-suffering-ineffective-hiv-research