I think the animal rights people should opt out of the National Health Service and stop using all medicines which were developed using tests on animals (and that should be marked on the packaging). That would be really honest. Scientists don’t want to torture animals. They want to save human (and animal) lives. Human lives in my opinion, are of higher priority than animal ones – because we are intelligent beings and could consciously care for other species. Of course, torturing is bad. Even if kids are torturing a dolly it is bad because the crime is in the mind.
No good scientist would want to make animals suffer unnecessary. Do animals suffer? I think, somebody wrote that if you can’t understand “I am (suffering)” you can’t really suffer, as humans do. Well, that’s a point of view. I often think that cats and dogs are suffering living in cities and towns and really should be kept only at the countryside where they don’t get run over by cars so often & don’t stay in little dirty pens all the time, they have good natural supply of herbs & maybe allowed to hunt (they are hunters after all!), plus can run as much as they want.
Who is really an animal torturers, in my opinion, its creators of wild nature films & programs, who watch and film animals (especially little ones!) suffer and do nothing about this for the sake of a realistic picture. Obviously we can’t stop all the animals dying or hurting each other but it doesn’t mean that in some cases we shouldn’t try.
Instead of sabotaging research and by this harming lives (both animal and human), the animal rights activists should sponsor the research to gradually reduce and eliminate animal’s suffering. Full stop.