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From: Leslie (cpe-69-76-1-37.natnow.res.rr.com -69.76.1.37)
Subject: Sacred Cows & Golden Geese
Date: August 6, 2007 at 2:10 pm PST

In Reply to: Re: Veganism & Medication posted by veghead on July 28, 2007 at 7:50 pm:

For anyone interested in this topic, of animal testing, where it came from, and the truth about its perpetuation, read this book, by C. Ray Greek. I did a paper on this subject seven years ago when I was going to school, at the beginning of the paper I was fairly certain that animal testing for things like cancer and AIDs research was necessary. Since reading that book, however, I have come to understand that animal testing is in fact detrimental to progress in medical science and is all about money and custom. There is nothing justifiable about it, especially in this day and age with all that we currently know and all we can currently do technologically speaking.

It is good to have knowledge and know your position (and to know opposing positions as well) and this was a real eye-opening book for me.

At any rate, we live in a terribly imperfect world that has come about through egocentricity of humans and greed. We vegans do our very best to reduce suffering, that's why it is so ridiculous when someone wants to throw out your entire philosophy because you cannot possibly answer the toughest questions or perhaps you use products that come from animal exploitation because you have no other choice. For those people, I just ask them what it is they do to reduce their footprint on the earth and suffering of other beings? The answer is generally nothing, but they have the ignorance to point out to us the few areas where we may fail.

I think Jo has the best answer, and find in her answers the most compassionate possible way, in a world where there are questions that have no answers.



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