I'm not afraid of opening some cans of worms, so let me voice my opinion on something that happened recently that really infuriated me.
Caterina Simonsen is a 25 years old girl from my very city, Padova. She has four rare diseases (primary immunodeficiency, a deficit in C and S vitamins, a deficit in Alpha-1 Antitrypsin, a pathology of the phrenic nerves that causes paralysis in the diaphragm) and a more common, benign tumor of the pituitary gland. She is alive thanks to medicines that have been achieved through animal experimentation.
Details are available unfortunately only in Italian as far as I could find on the net, but suffice say that if you google her name you'll see that she has to live with a breather constantly on.
On facebook, she explained her situation and just said "i'm alive thanks to animal experimentation". In few hours more than three hundreds of people covered her in insults and wished her to die.
She replied with two videos (available on youtube but again, in Italian) where she explains the medicines she has to take and her life. Not as an appeal to emotions, but to show what her life is like.
She adds an invitation to ex parliament member Michela Brambilla (who in recent times fomented an illegal break in into an animal experimentation facility, which was subsequently closed) and the european animalist party to fight the use of animals where not fundamental for human existence (she listed hunting, slaughtering and use for fur clothing). She added that instead of raising so much ado and obstacling the work of researchers, they could raise funds and invest in the pursuit of an alternative, equally valid method to animal experimentation. She also asked them to take a stance against the people who wish death to her because of what she previously said. For the record and just to make things clear, Caterina is vegan and has to integrate iron because her diet is too low on it, as she says in the first of the two videos.
Michela Brambilla and the aforementioned party did not give any reply.
I don't like animal rights activists. Amongst other reasons, they use ignorance and appeal to the emotional, rather than the rational side of people, to further their cause. Look at PETA's shock advertisings where they objectivize the female naked body for the sake of catching audience by feeding controversies into the media. It's cheap and ridiculous.
But mainly, animal rights movements and their adherents like to mix things up equalling animal experimentation with vivisection (they are not the same thing, check wikipedia or a dictionary and see the differences) and with the treatment of cattle, the "horrors of slaughterhouses" etc. thus committing an enormous logical fallacy, because these are completely unrelated things.
Another common behaviour I've witnessed amongst animal rights supporter is a complete disregard for the human condition in favor of that of animals. It's not uncommon to hear animalists claim that they'd rather save their dog's life than a human being's.
I am completely disgusted, to say the least. So next time some of these ignorant fucks blathers about stopping animal testing, I'd like them to remember that not only people like Caterina depends with their lives on medicines that are tested on animals for their efficacy, but even common antibiotics and pharmaceuticals used in veterinary medicines are tested on animals. And that no, despite what you love to picture in your sick, misinformed minds, testing doesn't involve crazed psycho scientists that drool and have repeated orgasms while torturing poor innocent immaculate puppies. It involves making sure that those medicines are effective and safe for use. It's not done to satisfy sadists, it's done to further science and save lives. And if you think that the life of a ferret or dog is more valuable than that of a person, then no amount of sensible reasoning will save you from your maddened stupidity, so this whole journal entry is not for you.
I'll leave you with this video about the hypocrisy of these animal activists.