The rights of rats
I was surprised that the article Why drugs are harder to quit than
we thought (CTR, Sept. 28) contains few references to humans and
concentrates on laboratory rats.
Without discussing whether rat studies gives us the kind of information
we need to get people off addictive drugs, including our most dangerous
one, tobacco, Id like to express the opinion that it is unethical
for us to continue using fellow creatures in laboratories. It is unjust
to kill members of other species as a way of doing research to solve our
Ask yourself this question: If other mammals are so similar to us so as
to supposedly justify using them in labs, dont you think they wish
to stay alive, just as we so desire?
- Shloime Perel
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