Originally Posted by OzzyJones
I'm not fully buying the merits of animal models as relevant to human.
I think if you want to find out if something works on people, test it on them.
I don't think human life is more valuable than any other tho, there are too many of us for a start. Cut some up, reduce the burden on society
I value human life more than I value animal life. YMMV.
There are also slightly grey areas. For example, if there are invasive species that are destroying the native wildlife, I'm comfortable with the idea of trapping/killing them to preserve the lives of endangered animals.
Basically it comes down to this, for me; if you're going to kill an animal there should be a good reason for it. I can no longer consider food as a good reason for it, given that I know I can be perfectly well sustained and happy on a plant based diet.
re: animal models. You're right to question the validity of animal models in relation to human disease. It's a very important consideration. However, in certain areas they are absolutely useful, and I would rather test a hypothesis on an animal than a human...