As for me, if my own good comes at the expense of innocent animals undergoing cruel and painful experiments, maybe it's time they don't think of my welfare. Leave my own good to myself and let those hapless, imprisoned and miserable animals go. Heck, I am not even a smoker, and so Marina Picciotto's work on nicotine addiction is as relevant to me as another person's toe fungus. The scientific community has done enough study and experimentation in the past to come to the basic conclusion that nicotine is addictive, bad for you, but can be overcome. That's all you need to know. Past generations of lab animals have given their lives for us to come to this point. But, Marina Picciotto wants to tweak it a little bit more.
There are people like Marina Picciotto, Ph.D. who find some obscure, marginal, little niche in a well-trodden scientific field and make that the cornerstone of their career, that they know so much about so little, the very definition of a specialist. Impressive, isn't it? But Dr. Picciotto, if she desired to contribute significantly to the societal good, could simply object to cruel animal experimentation than by pursuing a narrow line of medical research that is stale and desiccated. To stay employed and well-funded, experimenters like Dr. Piccitto would concoct new theories that, of course, would ultimately lead to needless experimentation on innocent and captive animals like mice, chimps, and other animals. Surely, the doctor will get the applause she craves for at the next convention or accept another merit award from some institution, but lab animals bear the brunt of the pain and misery of her experiments. They don't get any consideration. Lab animals never have a good day. Dr. Picciotto knows that profoundly. How does she sleep at night? Let's see what was said about her work, this one is from the Department of Psychology, University of Nebraska website:
" ...she developed a line of mice lacking one of the primary subunits of the brain receptor for nicotine using molecular genetic techniques. She and her colleagues used these mice to demonstrate the pathway leading from a single molecule to behaviors associated with nicotine addiction. In her own laboratory at Yale she continues to work on models of nicotine addiction using laboratory mice, as well as investigating the role of nicotine in other behavioral paradigms using mutant and wild type mice. "
Very useful to everybody, indeed. I feel much better now that someone is working on this, using our tax money on cruel animal experimentation without our consent. And the animals that are abused to further this specialty will just have to live with the pain and misery, purposely hidden from public view and awareness, intentionally killed for examination after experimentation, because the good doctor interested in it. These animals, doctor, are God's creatures too. There are no ifs or buts about it. They have a God-given right to freedom and a natural life in their natural environment. Like all vivisectors, Dr. Picciotto has chosen to ignore it. The doctor may deny it or be vague about it, but overdosing these animals with nicotine just to satisfy her scientific curiousity is more about inhumanity than science.
Let's see what PETA has to say :
" Marina Picciotto of Yale University forcibly exposes mice and rats to nicotine by injecting it into their abdomens, placing it directly into holes cut in their skulls, or forcing them to choose between drinking water laced with the drug and dying from dehydration. In some of her studies, Picciotto hangs mice by their tails from paper clips, supposedly to see if exposure to nicotine affects anxiety and depressive behaviors. In another study, Picciotto and her colleagues gave monkeys as much nicotine every day as is contained in up to 17 packs of cigarettes. Since 1996, Picciotto has spent $15 million—Americans' tax dollars—on these cruel experiments. "
Here is how In Defense of Animals (IDA) described Marina Piccitto's work:
" ...deliberately gets mice and rats addicted to drugs and kills them to analyze their brains. In federally-funded experiments, Picciotto has hung mice by their tails attached to paper clips to observe the effects of nicotine on their physical activity. She has also given cocaine to pregnant rats to induce brain damage in their babies, and placed the pups in cages with electrified floors in order to shock them repeatedly. "
Can you believe that a human being is behind these experiments? Was " human being " giving too much credit? This is pretty hideous stuff. Is it scientific pursuit or sanitized barbarism? May God judge Dr. Picciotto appropriately, and may Karma always be with her. God is not interested in science, and so one day the good doctor will have some explaining to do.
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