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Understanding Animal Research

Stuart Rogers from Understanding Animal Research visited Rooks Heath and gave a fun and educational session on the use of humane animal research for medical science.

 Stuart Rogers from Understanding Animal Research visited Rooks Heath and gave a fun and educational session on the use of humane animal research for medical science. His presentation was factual, balanced and fair, giving students plenty of opportunities to ask questions, make comments and lodge objections as well as have a go at extracting blood from a model rat. They clearly had a rewarding time. 

‘Although many of us disagree with the use of animals for animal testing, it is a crucial process that must be done for the benefit of humans.’ Namada (11 Green)

‘The diseases that hundreds of years ago killed thousands of people have only decreased due to animal research.  For example, the vaccine for smallpox was possible due to testing using cows.  Insulin is used to treat diabetes because of testing using dogs.  If it was not for testing on these animals, many humans would have huge difficulties in life.’ Sajel (11 Blue)

‘When the speaker from ‘Understanding Animal Research’ began to say that animals such as cats, dogs, mice and monkeys were used for testing, my heart dropped but he then made it clear that they were housed in a good environment with food and water, a play area and that they were not put through unnecessary distress, so I thought that was not too bad.’ Sayyada (11 Indigo)

‘We were shown several videos of animals being tested and how they play around in the labs just as they would in the wild.’ Shashini (11 Blue)

‘Humans cannot be used for scientific research, as it is unethical.  Many argue then as to why we test on animals? In order to beat deadly monsters like cancer, sacrifices must be made. Animals are used to help find a cure.’ Muna (11Yellow)

'The major negative for me is that although generally the animals used for testing are cared for, they must suffer periods of pain.  I think that it is not right to use them for testing without their permission.’ Sakupan (11 Blue)

‘Animal testing consists mostly of sampling blood or medication.  Animal testing can be cruel as sometimes it brings pain and even death to some animals.  It is done for the greater good of humans to save lives and prevent suffering.’ Latisha (11 Red)

‘Before insulin was discovered as a treatment for diabetes, the illness was feared as a deadly disease. It took the research by Sir Fredrick Banting in 1921 on a dog to help people with the disease today to have a good quality of life.’ Sirjana (11 Red)