It's time to move on from non-human animal models
Questioning non-animal models isn't simply a "radical animal rights" issue, nor about the incredible amount of nonhuman suffering and death involved or the incredible amounts of money that are spent on this sort of research. Rather, it's all about finding more effective models of human disease. Of course, we also need to learn more about diseases that negatively affect the health of nonhumans, many of which clearly affect us. And there are nonhuman diseases that don't seem to affect some species much, but clearly have the potential to become horrific human pandemics.In a 2013 essay by Bruce Goldman called "When mice mislead, medical research lands in the trap," we read, "An article in today's New York Times highlights just-published work by Massachusetts General Hospital researchers and Stanford genomics expert Ron Davis, Ph.D., in which the scientists presented 'stunning evidence that the mouse model has been totally misleading for at least three major killers—sepsis, burns, and trauma.' As a result, according to the Times article, 'years and billions of dollars have been wasted following false leads.'"