My Life or the Mouse’s: No Contest
Testing of drug therapies and performance of biomedical experiments on animals are givens in the worlds of scientific and medical research. Public outcry and violent attacks compel the enactment of laws and regulations defining limits and appropriateness in biomedical animal testing and experimentation. Nevertheless, the work continues in corporation and university laboratories across the world because the public highly values relief from pain and suffering and saving human lives more than it values animal welfare. Still, scientists and members of the public who are sensitive to the ethical and humane treatment of animals are uneasy about animal research.
Pharmaceutical companies, government health agencies, commercial medical businesses, and military defense agencies, among others, fund animal testing and experiments. If their labs do not set and maintain standards of animal testing, they risk sanctions, plus public outcry, that can damage company reputations. Because this issue affects sales and marketing, handling it requires thoughtful strategizing.