Friday, September 2, 2016

Musings on Using Animals in Medical Research

The American Psychological Association ranked Neal Miller the 8th most influential psychologist of the 20th century. 

I had the privilege of being his research assistant at the Rockefeller University on the first research to prove that biofeedback worked.

In that research, we used a number of research animals, and animal rights activists attacked Miller for that. Here was his response:
There is sacredness of all life. But where do we draw the line? That's the problem. Cats kill birds and mice. Dogs exploit other animals by killing and eating them. Humans have to draw the line somewhere in animal rights, or we're dead.
I'm not sure that would convince vegans but perhaps the expansion of his argument that I wrote in today might:

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