I like meat but I don’t like thinking about where it comes from. I know plenty of folks will tell me I owe the animals I’m consuming at least some thought if I’m insensitive enough to eat them, but the thing is that I’m not heartless and I do feel a little bad when it occurs to me that my burger once mooed, so I choose to block it out. It may not be right, but it is what it is.
I also don’t like to think that any medicine I take or makeup I use might have been tested first on an animal. While I’d prefer no animals were harmed in the process of bringing something to my medicine cabinet, since I don’t have a better solution to propose, I generally keep my mouth shut.
There are plenty of people who are adamantly opposed to animal research, but I wonder how they’re reacting to a new campaign that pits a rat against a little girl and asks which one should live.
A Washington, D.C. non-profit called Foundation for Biomedical Research has launched a new campaign promoting the use of animals in research for human medical treatments.
“Without research with animals models, especially rodents, we will not have cures for the many currently incurable diseases afflicting children today including leukemia, diabetes, paralysis, autism, congenital heart disease, cystic fibrosis, Deuchenne muscular dystrophy and malaria,” FBR president Frankie Tull said to ABC News.
Nor surprisingly, People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals (PETA) disagrees.
“It still doesn’t make any difference to any feeling human being what the species is,” said a PETA representative. “They all experience pain. They all can suffer.”
According to FBR, the aim of the billboard campaign isn’t to shock people, but to make them think about where the benefits are coming from that they expect when they’re sick.
The billboards will remain on display until early next month in five cities: Los Angeles, Seattle, Baltimore, Chicago and Portland, Ore.
Me? It’s a no-brainer. Girl over rat, obviously. But really, who would choose otherwise when you put it like that?
What do you think of the campaign, and when you think of it, can you really be opposed to animal research?