Great Britain’s health minister Stephen Donnelly announced the findings of the Health Products Regulatory Authority’s inquiry into the amount of pain animals experience when subjected to laboratory experiments (aka vivisection) conducted in Ireland. Minister Donnelly stated that in the last two years, the pain animals used in medical testing experience has fallen almost 20 percent. Form the London Times:
“In answer to a parliamentary question Stephen Donnelly, the health minister, said: “Over the two-year period from 2017 to 2019, the percentage of animals reported as experiencing an actual severity of severe has reduced from 29 per cent to 13 per cent, which in absolute terms represents a decrease in the numbers of animals experiencing severe severity from 70,596 in 2017 to 18,550 in 2019.”
A total of 56 per cent of animals were classified as having “mild” pain and 29 per cent had shown “moderate” pain. One per cent, or 1,991, animals died as a result of testing in 2019. Of the animals that were reported as experiencing severe severity in 2019, more than 99 per cent were mice.”
Rodents, mice specifically, are the animals primarily used in laboratory vivisection. Reducing the pain animals feel is good and, hopefully, technological innovations will be created to replace animals. However, until then there are times when it is necessary to use animals in lab tests.
So-called animal rights groups, like PETA or Direct Action Everywhere, oppose medical experimentation on animals and would rather humans suffer and die, denying people medical developments that have helped many people recover and live better lives. Animal rights is not about the humane treatment of animals, rather it is about the animalistic treatment of humans.