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Animal testing part 2

Since I saw that there was well responding on the animal testing post, I come up with a second part of this subject.

First of all to summarize your reactions:

The most of you do recognize it as an acceptable approach since it can be useful for us, but it has to be ‘controlled’.

Well, I can assure you that all tests first have to be recognized by the institutional guidelines, for example KU leuven’s animal agreements. One of this agreements includes the minimum use of a test animal. An other important rule is the hierarchy of test animals. First experiments on mice are done, later on dogs, later on primates and finally humans. Between these there are more groups of animals.


Animal testing for cosmetics are still conducted in the US, but in Belgium and most other European countries this is strictly forbidden.

My next question to you:

Do animals feel pain? Answer with yes or no for mice, rabbits, cat, dogs, sheep and primates

  1. 31/01/2013 at 17:39

    What do you define as “pain”?
    I recently heard about a study done on lobsters. (The legend is that they don’t feel pain, so it is ok to drop them in boiling water) There they define pain as a combination of reflex response and some kind of learning. Thus when a creature feels pain, it will learn to prevent the cause of that pain.
    In that respect I think all of the summed animals feel pain.

    • 01/02/2013 at 12:52

      Actually there are many ways to define ‘pain’. A wound also hurts, but it’s not due to a reflex.
      In my opinion every living being feels pain. The only difference is that some can tolerate more pain then others. This tolerance can be seen in the visible reaction(crying, …) they take after having pain.
      So, yes, all summed animals will feel pain.

      • 01/02/2013 at 17:44

        Do you include plants in every living being?

  2. 02/02/2013 at 15:26

    In my opinion, every creature that is living, that has a beginning and an end, feels pain. But of course, the definition of pain should then be dependent on the category of living beings.

    • 04/02/2013 at 18:04

      I still find that definition of pain pretty vague. If you start by saying everything feels pain, but you do not define common attributes, the term “pain” is not really useful I think.

  3. visualrecognition
    10/02/2013 at 15:04

    Of course, they feel pain. I think the problem is do you care if they feel pain.

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