As the third largest drug maker on the globe, Merck just took and important stand when it chose to halt pharmaceutical research using chimps. In 2011, Congress requested a study that showed most of the chimps used in research were unnecessary. As a result, Congress and the National Institutes of Health started to retire 90 percent of their chimps to sanctuaries.
USA Today reports Kathleen Conlee of the Humane Society of the United States said, “We want to protect the chimpanzees from further use and get them to sanctuaries.” She also admitted the work is not done as there are still hundreds of chimps owned by private companies for the purpose of research studies.
Merck revealed that testing was no longer necessary as science evolved. According to Dr. John Pippins, of the Physicians Committee for Responsible Medicine, turning away from chimps could foreshadow the end of other biotech research that uses animals. The animals often used for research include mice, rabbits, dogs, cats and non-human primates.
Conscientious biotechnological and pharmaceutical research helps to save lives and improve certain health conditions. Ongoing research is essential as various health conditions become more prevalent and new ones arise. Thoughtful pharmaceutical research leads to viable treatments and cures for an array of health problems. They can help to improve the quality of life for humans. Certain pharmaceuticals are also used in veterinary medicine to make our fur babies healthier.
While this research is crucial, instances of suffering should be minimized or eliminated completely. Advanced technologies make it possible to conduct research without causing unnecessary pain or death. God has given us dominion over the animals but we also have to be compassionate. Anything less is deemed to be vanity.
For what happens to the children of man and what happens to the beasts is the same; as one dies, so dies the other. They have the same breath, and man has no advantage over the beasts, for all is vanity. - Ecclesiastes 3:19