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How to Prove Anything through Animal Research

Posted by: J. Citizen ( EYE, Oz ) on December 10, 1998 at 19:20:02:

In Reply to: way i think that animal testing is good........ posted by hannah on April 06, 1998 at 10:14:04:

How to Prove or Disprove Anything through Animal Research

another quote form former animal researcher Prof. Pietro Croce’s book “Vivisection or Science --A Choice to Make”:

“....There are many ways of producing ‘irrefutable’ facts in support of any argument, using different kinds of animals: one just has to choose the right one. For example:... If we wish to demonstrate that prussic acid (whose fumes can kill a man) is an excellent aperitif, let us give it to toads, sheep and hedgehogs....Should we wish to rule out penicillin as a therapeutic drug, we have only to give it to the guinea-pig which will be dead in a couple of days... If we wish to convince the consumers of tinned food that botulin poison is harmless let us give it to the cat and it will lick its lips. Let us give it to the cat’s traditional prey, the mouse, and it will die as if struck by lightning...
...It is well known to writers of crime fiction that arsenic is poisonous, whereas the sheep can demonstrate that it is not because it can consume it in large quantities... If we need to show that Vitamin C is useless we withhold it from the diet of the most readily available animals: the dog, the rat, the mouse, the hamster...they will continue to thrive because their bodies produce Vitamin C of their own accord. But let us not eliminate it from the diet of guinea-pigs, primates, or humans or they will die of scurvy... Strychnine, like arsenic a favourite weapon of murderers in crime novels, is harmless to guinea-pigs, chickens and monkeys in amounts capable of causing convulsions in an entire human family. Hemlock, well-known through the death of Socrates and deceptively similar in appearance to parsley, is eaten with relish by goats, sheep, horses and mice... Metamizol is used as an anaesthetic for man but drives cats into a frenzy and causes excessive salivation, similar to that found in an animal supposed to be suffering from rabies...Chlorpromazine damages the liver in man, but not that of laboratory animals... Ergotinine is tolerated by the rabbit but is poisonous to dogs and human beings... .........To sum up, one has only to know how to choose the proper animal species to obtain the desired results... This is a kind of science which one can knead like dough. The trouble comes in believing that with dough one can produce health for human beings.” (Croce 1991: p.22-23)

For information explaining why animal research does not work, has not led to medical progress in the past, and won't in the future - info. from doctors, scientists and former animal researchers that will knock your socks off go to CAFMR www.pnc.com.au/~cafmr (medical research section) and Guardians: www.werple.net.au/~antiviv

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