By Charlie Loran • 01 November 2020 • 16:37
“HORRIFIC” Vaping experiments on pregnant mice that are forced to breathe in e-cig flavours have been condemned by animal rights campaigners.
The National Institutes of Health (NIH) recently awarded biomedical research organisation The Lundquist Institute £1.76m ($2.3m) to research whether vaping while pregnant increases the risk of children having asthma.
Research leader Dr. Virender Rehan hopes the findings could change US laws around vaping as the number of youngsters using e-cigarettes has “increased alarmingly” to millions across the world.
But the method for testing the pregnant mice, which will be regularly forced into gas tubes for up to two years, has drawn harsh criticism, especially from animal rights group PETA.
Dr. Andreas Stucki worked for the tobacco company Philip Morris International Inc. before returning to research and now is a biomedical scientist for PETA US.
He claimed the research money was being “wasted” on ineffective animal tests that will produce findings with limited relevance to humans.
Dr Stucki claims, “In general I believe animal testing is unnecessary and especially in regards to vaping.
“There was a nicotine addiction study that had to be stopped two years ago because four monkeys died.
“There are so many humans at the moment that either continues to smoke, they switch to vaping, they are dual users, they are completely both, they are the perfect subjects to perform a study on.
“There are endless possibilities that you can use human subjects for and we do not have the natural disadvantage of using animals.”
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Tormenting mice teaches us nothing about the effects of vaping on human health. I agree–we can, and should–use willing human volunteers to observe the effects of vaping and leave mice in peace.
As a guardian to a darling little rescued mouse, this hurts my heart. Mice are so much smarter than most people realize, solving complex problems in seconds and learning extremely quickly. Unfortunately, that makes them prime targets for experimenters. Being small doesn’t mean you don’t feel pain, loneliness, and fear, and it doesn’t mean you deserve to suffer.
That photo is horrifying. In 2020, why is anyone still conducting cruel and archaic experiments on animals?
NO, no, no! These tests are morally indefensible and wrong, period.
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