IT’s true that dealing with vivisection is scary, but it is very timely to hear about it, especially from animal rights activists.
Nearly 600,000 animals are used every year in Italian laboratories many of which have never been released; among them there are dogs, cats, primates, rodents, ferrets, goats, cattle, pigs, frogs and fish .
The most serious matter about it concerns what is called “animal welfare”, even if the question arises whether we can really put the words vivisection and welfare in the same sentence. According to experts, in fact, it would be impossible to guarantee welfare for two reasons: the conditions in which they are kept and the procedures that the animals must undergo.
There is also a lack of transparency in the assessments made by the bodies that authorize the use of animals, by the Ministry of Health to the bodies that should evaluate the projects. This inevitably has an impact on funding.
So, although animal experiments should be limited by law in favor of alternative methods, funding is always given in their favor. “An example is the case of the macaques of the University of Parma. That project alone was worth 2 million euros. It is the same amount that was allocated to finance all the experimentation of alternative methods in Italy in one year” , has been said.
I chose to talk about this topic because today there is still in doubt the utility of this cruel tecnique, whether it is useful for the production of drugs and vaccines for the treatment and protection of humans; in any case, one cannot expect to derive good from so much evil.