International Association Against Painful Experiments on Animals


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In an advertisement by the Foundation for Biomedical Research, people are seen protesting against animal experiments. However, we are told that “Thanks to animal research, they’ll be able to protest 20.8 years longer.” Since life expectancy in the United States has increased from 47 in 1900 (when national figures were first available) to nearly 75 in 1985, the Foundation seems to be suggesting that about 75% of the improvement is due to animal research. A similar message comes from the UK. In February 1986, Britain’s pharmaceutical industry ran a full page newspaper advertisement supporting new legislation on animal experiments then passing through parliament. It noted that average life expectancy in the 19th century was only 42 but boldly stated that “it is thanks largely to the breakthroughs that have been made through research which requires animals that most of us are able to live into our seventies.”



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