Measles were declared in the United States in 2000, but the Centers for Disease Control says it is back. There are currently 695 cases at national level, which is 300% more than last year.
The coverage of this question focused on how the rejection of some ultra-Orthodox Jews and other parents of vaccines against children has led to the return of measles. "With the safe and effective measles vaccine, the suffering we see can be avoided," says Health and Social Services Secretary Alex Azar.
However, the outbreak of measles also focuses on how dependent we are on medical science. Until the early 1960s, nearly twice as many children died of measles from polio. But then, in 1963, a measles vaccine was developed and the only vaccine that protected not only measles but also mumps and rubella was on the market in eight years. Within three decades, measles was additional.
Some animal research programs are failing, but it is difficult to predict which one will be in advance. We know that measles vaccine has been one of the greatest achievements of animal research. Smallpox vaccine has been improved through cow research. A polio vaccine was based on research on monkeys and mice.
Some vaccines directly benefit animals. Feline leukemia, which kills 85% of cats within three years of age, is now being treated with a highly effective vaccine. Dogs can now receive immunotherapeutic drugs to treat bone cancer; with this treatment now have a much higher survival rate from this form of cancer.
A long list of advances including organ transplants, kidney dialysis, and medications for asthma and diabetes can be credited to animal research. More than 80 percent of the 216 Nobel Prize winners in physiology and medicine used animals in their research.
Animals used for this research are subject to strict federal regulations. Rules are in place that require the use of anesthesia or analgesics to prevent pain. Research committees must confirm that the use of animals is justified and that as few animals as possible are used.
But that doesn't make sense to PETA. This is contrary to the extremist ideology that claims that inhuman animals have the same rights as humans – the consequences are damned. As Frederick Goodwin, former director of the National Institute of Mental Health, wrote, and Adrian Morrison, a veterinary medicine professor in Pennsylvania, "PETA has made it clear that the alleged ill-treatment of animals is not a real problem." From the perspective of PETA, animals cannot be used to alleviate human health problems.
PETA's extremism in the area of animal rights goes beyond health concerns. In one of the many spill-over cases, it once sued the San Diego Zoo and Tampa for importing African elephants. Elephants had so crowded Kruger National Park in South Africa that threatened the local ecosystem. Park authorities were about to kill some elephants, but the zoos offered to bring them in. PETA's lawyers and other groups sought an order against such a move, and in fact claimed that elephants "would be better when." . . killed rather than imported and placed in zoos. “Fortunately, the courts have rejected their bizarre argument, just as they routinely ruled against PETA when it tried to stop responsible animal testing.
Fair and humane treatment of animals is a very good goal, but it must not be involved in extremist ideologies that would lead to more suffering than the pain they are trying to prevent.
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