The Psychos at OSU are at it again: Pls Write!
- The Psychos at OSU are at it again: Pls Write! (See links and
sample comments below)
PLEASE WRITE AND FORWARD WIDELY!
Opportunity #1) Please send a letter to the editor any of the
newspapers published in Ohio by going to this link and and typing in
the OSU zip code of 43210:
Opportunity #2) Please comment on the recent article published in
OSU paper, The Lantern.
Note they did not cover our demonstration on Thursday, Oct 11th.
Maybe note there is another demonstration on Saturday, October 27th
at Noon being held at the Vet Clinic.
ISSUE: Researchers study drug for feline virus
Issue date: 10/15/07
Researchers at Ohio State will spend the next two years testing
their theories about how an AIDS-like virus in cats is able to
resist the powerful medicines that are thrown against it. It's one
of the latest efforts at understanding one of the leading problem
areas in medicine today - antimicrobial drug resistance.
When bacteria or viruses become resistant to drugs, they become more
difficult, or even impossible, to treat. If successful, the research
could pave the way to smarter, more effective treatments for a host
of pathogens that have learned to resist most therapeutic efforts.
Lawrence Mathes, OSU professor of veterinary biosciences and
associate dean for research and graduate studies in the College of
Veterinary Medicine, is the principal investigator on the project.
Please write your own letters. Sample comments include:
"Ask the experimenters why they experiment on animals, and the
answer is: 'Because the animals are like us.' Ask the experimenters
why it is morally OK to experiment on animals, and the answer
is: 'Because the animals are not like us.' Animal experimentation
rests on a logical contradiction."
-Professor Charles R. Magel
Using animals for medical conclusions in humans is morally
reprehensible and intellectually lazy.
The most significant trend in modern research in recent years has
been the recognition that animals are rarely good models for the
human body. Studies have shown time and again that researchers are
often wasting lives, both animal and human, and precious resources
by trying to infect animals with diseases that they would never
normally contract. As Dr. Richard Klausner of the National Cancer
Institute admitted, "The history of cancer research has been a
history of curing cancer in the mouse. We have cured mice of cancer
for decades, and it simply didn't work in humans."
The world's most forward-thinking scientists have accepted this and
moved on to other methods of studying disease. The National Cancer
Institute now uses human cancer cells, taken by biopsy during
surgery, to perform first-stage testing for its new anti-cancer
drugs, sparing the million mice it used to use every year and giving
us a much better shot at combating cancer.
Animal experimentation is a multibillion-dollar industry fueled by
massive public funding and involving a complex web of corporate,
government, and university laboratories, cage and food
manufacturers, and animal breeders, dealers, and transporters. The
industry and its people profit because animals, who cannot defend
themselves against abuse, are legally imprisoned and exploited.
Ray Greek, MD writes: Investing AIDS research dollars in lab animal
science is wasteful and keeps AIDS patients ill. Anyway, animals are
not our only test-beds for development of AIDS therapies and a
vaccine. As many as 34 million humans are infected with HIV
worldwide. Blood cells from these unfortunate people serve as our
most illuminating research material.
In vitro research on human blood cells, not animal experimentation,
revealed the following idiosyncrasies. HIV's efficiency in humans
relies on very specific and minuscule aspects of human white blood
cells called helper T-cells. These cells have portals on their
surface called receptors. These receptors work in tandem with
precise proteins to invite HIV into the white blood cell where the
virus then reproduces. Receptors can be very species-specific and
sometimes vary even within species, which explains why chimpanzees
and even some people whose helper T-cells are exposed to HIV never
progress to AIDS.
HIV-infected humans who do not progress to AIDS offer very good
insights into possible ways of countermanding the disease. Their
identity is epidemiologically derived, and in vitro research has
isolated the human gene believed responsible for their immunity. The
sequencing of the HIV genome was also accomplished via in vitro
research. The animal experimentation community claims that AZT and
other anti-AIDS medications were developed as a result of animal
experiments. However, a look at the history of these drugs'
development proves the contrary. All this human data has reliably
informed the development of HIV medications and the effort to
produce a vaccine.
AIDS kills at the cellular level in humans, and that is where it
needs to be studied. According to one scientist, we will only know
which animal model is useful after "we understand the pathogenesis
of AIDS, and when we have the vaccines and therapies to prevent it."
Why would we need the animal model if we already have the cure?