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FRIENDLY FOE: You can oppose animal testing and still have a Covid vaccine (tested on animals), claims anti-vivisectionist

The most important thing for people to do is to talk openly about how poorly predictive animal models are, while also not feeling guilty about taking medicines.

TARA JACKSON: “Oh, you’re against animal testing, but you’d still get vaccinated or take medicine that was tested on animals. Isn’t that hypocritical?” This kind of question might sound familiar. I am against animal testing, but I am not against people taking life-saving treatments and medicines. This doesn’t mean I’m insincere, a hypocrite, or that I’m failing animals, and I think it’s important that I explain why.

There currently aren’t any cruelty-free pharmaceutical products in the way that there are with cosmetics. For the most part, we as consumers have little control or influence over what pharmaceutical giants do. We cannot simply boycott medicine – people could be severely affected for the worse if that sort of approach was taken.

The current research paradigm is very broken, but the way that we fix it doesn’t involve avoiding modern medicine. In my opinion, we can still take medicine while acknowledging that animal experimentation is fundamentally flawed. I think the most important thing for people to do is to talk openly about how poorly predictive animal models are, while also not feeling guilty about taking medicines…

I encourage people not to fall into the trap of being guilted into blindly supporting something because they have no other option but to partake in it. It would be like advocating for the ongoing use of fossil fuels just because you drive a car… The extensive use of cars and other forms of transport that run off fossils fuels stems from a time when we didn’t know any better…

When the world eventually abandons animal testing entirely, I think that we will have access to more effective medicines – there will no longer be misleading animal tests holding us back and derailing research. There is a whole range of non-animal-based methods to investigate new drugs that are far more promising than using animals… Don’t let this monstrous beast win. Be against animal testing, and take life-saving medicine at the same time [EDITOR: This is a false claim. The vaccine is not life-saving, it is not a true vaccine, and it is not necessary for most people]. SOURCE…

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