Most experiments on monkeys have little medical benefit

Nick Collins – The July 27, 2011

A review of experiments on non-human primates over a ten year period, led by Sir Patrick Bateson, president of the Zoological Society of London, found that nine per cent resulted in no scientific or medical benefit.

In addition a majority of the 3,000 experiments on monkeys funded by Britain’s three chief funding bodies between 1996 and 2006 did not have a significant medical impact.

This was in part due to the fact most studies were dedicated to learning more about how the brain works, and may have made significant scientific progress without directly contributing to human medicine, experts said.

The review, conducted on the recommendation of a 2006 report, added that medical research on monkeys was justified and most work was of good quality.

Tests on monkeys have helped scientists successfully develop a vaccine for polio and life-changing “deep brain stimulation” therapy for Parkinson’s patients.

But other studies, such as experiments on vision, “led nowhere” and should never have been conducted, the review said.

Sir Patrick said: “In my view, the funding of work on non-human primates should not be continued if no effort has been made to demonstrate plausibly the potential medical and social benefits of the work.”

Animal welfare campaigners said the “chilling” findings strengthened the argument for an outright ban on tests on primates in Britain.

Academic research accounts for about ten per cent of the 3,000 tests conducted on monkeys in Britain every year, with industry accounting for the lion’s share.

In comparison, American scientists carry out about 60,000 experiments on primates per year.

Last week scientists warned that researchers could risk creating Planet of the Apes-style monkeys with human speech or consciousness unless new ethical boundaries for experiments on animals are established.


Comment – July 28, 2011

Even someone who is not an “animal rights” campaigner should be able to see that there is more to vivisection than just experiments on animals.

Our ancestors sacrificed animals and sometimes-even humans too, to appease their gods. Today science does much the same thing.

In esoteric terms, our ancestors sacrificed animals to various entities that would in turn feed on the energies released by the animal’s death.

For by dying prematurely the animal’s still unused life force was released, to be utilised, one might even say harvested by the entity in whose name the sacrifice had been carried out.

In return these entities would use their powers of influence as payback to those who carried out the ritual.   

Essentially, what modern science does is no different. Only the names have changed.

So instead of sacrifices being carried to appease some ancient god they are now carried out for the benefit of science and all its lesser servants. Meaning that in the name of medical research and scientific experimentation millions of animals are killed every year.

As the article above reveals, 60,000 “experiments” were carried last year in America on primates alone. And that is not counting any of the other species like mice and rats that were “experimented” on.

Rudolph Steiner taught that Ahriman sought to root mankind entirely in the material world and that this would become more evident with the passage of time.

For those unfamiliar with Steiner’s work, Ahriman and Satan are one and the same. 

Given that scientific materialism has been elevated to the point where its conclusions cannot be questioned by anything other than modern science, one might say that Steiner’s prophecy has almost been fulfilled.

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