Originally Posted by lorelei
That being said, I don't personally have a problem with scientists using discarded healthy tissue to culture more of the same.
If scientists can make things safer without resorting to testing on animals, I'm for it.
These points have been brought up before, but here's a run down:
* How would you feel if they used amputated female genital skin from Africa? Most of us would find that horribly wrong; but it's OK to use boy's skin.
* It has been mentioned that tissue that is used for testing cannot be contaminated with pain relief drugs so this barbaric practice is even worse as the torchured child has nothing for the pain.
* Now take into account that doctors are making money on the procedure twice - how likely are they to tell mom and dad "No, I don't do that because it's unethical"? It perpetuates the practice because now doctors have added incentive to continue mutilating babies.
To be honest, I don't care as much about rabits as I do newborn human beings. Not that I think animal testing is acceptable, but I think it's the lesser of these two evils.