Mouse Experimentation Blog

The two posts written by The Jackson Laboratory and the National Anti-Vivisection Society, although both about mice, hold very different stances on their expected uses. The article written by The Jackson Laboratory attempts to show the reasoning behind the increased use of mice and the creation of new “strains” of mice for enhanced medical research that would be “unethical” to perform on humans, while the National Anti-Vivisection Society tries to expose the facts about the increased number of rodents in research.

In my opinion, I believe The Jackson Laboratory assumes that its readers already know about the increase in the numbers of mice “strains” and is simply providing facts and reasoning as to why scientists MUST use mice over other alternatives, such as human subjects. The article never directly addresses the increase in rodent testing, but states the necessities of testing to further human medical research and also provides the advantages to using rodents.

I also believe that the National Anti-Vivisection Society, although not clearly stating its position on the matter of animal testing, attempts to show the readers that there is more to the story than the researchers from the Jackson Laboratory are openly willing to discuss. According to the National Anti-Vivisection Society, companies like The Jackson Laboratory are not reporting all of their mice test subjects, or the USDA Animal and Plant Health Inspection Service is not reporting the actual increase in rodent testing. Nearly 50% of the increase in mice used in research were not accounted for by APHIS which is either a deliberate action by APHIS or an attempt by rodent researchers to hide their increased use of rodents.

Either way, I believe the research companies are justified in their increased use of rodents in medical research. Without the advances made in medical research using mice, many discoveries and breakthroughs in human diseases would be years behind where they are now. Research using live rodents is ESSENTIAL to faster development and experimentation of human diseases and production of vaccines and cures.

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