For quite a while, there has been controversy over using animals as food or as fodder for experiments. Organizations such as PETA try to emphasize the point that animals have feelings just like us, and deserve not to be killed; while other groups fear that torturing animals through experimental means also has its fair share of troubles.
For instance, some pigs that were treated with an in-testing face wash received swollen eyes to the point that they could not even open or close them, and they were forced to live through their ordeal. However, there is also the point to be made that it’s better to have the animals suffer than humans.
Hybrid embryos have been made secretively
Britain’s decision to use human-animal hybrid embryos in local laboratories will perhaps add fuel to the fire. These hybrid embryos have been made secretively over the past three years with the intent to find cures for various diseases. Upon news of this operation being revealed to the public, the experiments were quickly ridiculed. A campaigned specifically called the scientists behind the operation as ‘dabbling in the grotesque.’ Figures gathered by the Daily Mail suggest that 155 human-animal hybrid embryos have since been created for testing.
However, the scientists argue that being able to test on a lifeform so close to being human has its benefits. They claim that this research can be used to develop embryonic stem cells, which can be used to treat or even cure diseases we now think are incurable. Three universities were given permission to embark on this project: King’s College London, Newcastle University, and Warwick University; however, they have all since stopped creating embryos due to lack of funding.
Crossbench peer Lord Alton brought up the fact that of the many treatments found from stem cells, all have been from adult ones–not from the embryonic ones which are being studied. He also mentioned that the use of embryos fails on moral and ethical grounds.
The use of human-animal embryos still remains a highly debatable topic; maybe one day we’ll find a cure for all diseases without having to use something so controversial.