Ethics and Animal Testing

Mark of SB’s own Denialism Blog has asked other science bloggers who use animals in their research to speak up and discuss what they do either in their own posts in the comments. I do not participate in lab research involving animals, but I have taken an interest in the subject, especially when non-human primates are used. While I don’t doubt the importance of animal testing, I do have reservations about the ethics of using non-human primates in medical research. This is not to say that I advocate the acts of terrorism by extremists as related in Mark’s posts, but I do have concerns about what is and isn’t being done to primates in labs. Unfortunately, I am generally unfamiliar with this topic and cannot write more at the moment, but here are two clips from a recent Nature special called “Chimpanzees: An Unnatural History” that offer up some food for thought;