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Every drug certified by the FDA must be tested using LAL, a substance found only in horseshoe crab blood. Every single person in America who has ever had an injection has been protected by this ‘forgettable’ sea creature.
Each year, more than 25 million animals are used for scientific research in the U.S. More than 90 percent of those are mice - sort of. These lab-raised animals don’t burrow or gather like their wild peers. They are more like abstractions of human ills, mouse models of disease, genetically engineered to die in a very particular way.
"This is the central contradiction of animal experimentation: Mice are like us in all the ways that matter, so they’re used as stand-ins for humans - but the moral significance of those similarities is ignored," says Justin Goodman, who has been an animal rights activist since he saw scientists drill holes in the heads of monkeys as an undergraduate at the University of Connecticut.
Since the 1980s, the rise of transgenesis - the science of genetic engineering - has brought with it a seemingly endless series of biomedical breakthroughs. It has also opened up a field of inquiry about the unnerving price of all this. “The use of primates in research has increased, and the use of mice has exploded,” Goodman tells Newsweek.
This sheep hid in a cave for years, running from its fears of the shears.
IMPORTANT NEWS BREAK: See a few stars who look like their pets.
Anyone in the New York area who wants to meet Lil Bub, she’ll be at the BARC Animal Shelter in Brooklyn tonight from 5 - 7 PM raising money for local shelter animals.
Oh please go say hi to Lil’ Bub (and help some animals in need while you’re at it).
If you live in Minneapolis and love cat videos, boy, do we have an event for you:
On Aug. 30, the well-respected Minneapolis institution the Walker Art Center will hold the first-ever film festival of Internet cat videos… It’s “more of a social experiment,” says the organizer and a Walker programming director, Katie Hill. It was started to see whether the online cat community would even go outside, says Hill, who has two cats herself.
PETA vice president Kathy Guillermo tells us she sheds no tears for celebs like Kim Kardashian who get pied and flour-bombed for wearing fur.