Scientists use animals in research to elucidate basic questions about biological function in health and disease. Such basic research in the life sciences, like parallel studies in other fields of science, yields knowledge about nature. Such knowledge, in turn, can be applied to a myriad of problems to alleviate suffering, improve our well-being, and make this a better world. Our students at UCSF provide this wonderful example of how our work leads to progress and make a solid case for why the public and our government should support basic research:
In contrast, those that oppose the use of animals in medical research find comfort in lies. They deride the work as being “curiosity-driven research” that merely results in “knowledge for knowledge sake”. They believe basic research is without any value at best, and fraudulent at worst. In doing so, such activists highlight their lack of knowledge about science in general and about who scientists are as individuals.
Sadly, such grotesque views on basic research is just one of the many comforting lies that form a part of the animal-rights belief system which can be readily summarized in the following form: