Attack on Medical Research; Animal-Rights Activism Threatens Lifesavers

The Washington Times (Washington, DC), April 21, 2005 | Go to article overview

Attack on Medical Research; Animal-Rights Activism Threatens Lifesavers


Byline: David Martosko, SPECIAL TO THE WASHINGTON TIMES

Last week the world celebrated an historic medical research milestone, the 50th anniversary of the polio vaccine. But Hollywood glitterati - including Alec Baldwin, Noah Wyle and Emmylou Harris - dishonored that life-saving moment by celebrating another milestone - the 20th birthday of the Physicians Committee for Responsible Medicine (PCRM). This is an organization which opposes the very research that made the polio breakthrough possible.

In 1949, Science magazine explained to readers that animals (including mice, oxen and rhesus monkeys) were needed in every phase of polio research. Polio researcher and Nobel laureate Frederick Robbins later wrote that "all we learned about the disease came from studies with animals." And Albert Sabin, the biomedical research veteran who developed the oral polio vaccine, wrote in 1992 that animal experiments "were necessary to solve many problems before an oral polio-virus vaccine could become a reality."

Mainstream medical professionals understand that today's animal-research models are crucial to finding tomorrow's cures. The American Foundation for AIDS Research funds these tests. So do the Pediatric AIDS Foundation, the Alzheimer's Association, the March of Dimes, the American Red Cross, the Muscular Dystrophy Association, the Susan G. Komen Breast Cancer Foundation (Race for the Cure), the American Lung Association, the National Kidney Foundation, and on and on.

PCRM advises the public to withhold donations from all of these charities, and nearly 100 others. In order for humans to live, some animals must die. But this group has decided such a trade-off just isn't worthwhile.

Taking this position requires willful blindness. Researchers whose work called for the use of animals have received 69 Nobel Prizes in physiology and medicine. One of these awards went to the scientist who laid the foundation for everything we understand about mad cow disease.

Animal research has led to vaccines for rabies, smallpox, rubella, measles and anthrax. Insulin diabetics owe their quality of life to animal models - which also brought us heart bypasses, organ transplants and the minimally invasive surgical techniques we now take for granted.

Throw it all out, says the Physicians Committee. These advocates of "responsible" medicine view research like this as "unnecessary."

If this anti-science position sounds familiar, it should. People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals (PETA) - those protest-happy lunatics who believe your life is worth no more than that of a cow or a chicken - have a sympathetic take on nearly every message PCRM promotes, including a "do not donate" policy toward health charities that fund animal research. …

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