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Peter Singer befürwortet Tierausbeutung

Autor: Achim Stößer | Datum:
Tierrechtlern war es längst bekannt - schon in seinem Buch "Animal Liberation" befürwortete Peter Singer Tierausbeutung, konkret die "Freilandhaltung von Hühnern zur Eierproduktion" sowie Tiermilch (vgl.

Es stellt sich also die Frage, weshalb Singers aktuelle und in Kenntnis der oben genannten Tatsache nicht gar so überraschende Befürwortung von Tierversuchen unter Tierschützern einen solchen Aufruhr verursacht - eine Antwort liegt auf der Hand: Tierversuche sind böse Tierausbeutung - Hühnermord ist gute (weil sie diese selbst durchführen). Denn gegen Tierversuche sein kann jeder (außer denen, die sich durchführen), ohne sich selbst ändern zu müssen; um gegen Hühner- und Rindermord zu sein, müßten sie aber ihr eigenes Verhalten ändern.

Animal guru gives tests his blessing

Autor: Achim Stößer | Datum:
Monkey research has benefits, equal rights philosopher admits

Robin McKie, science editor
Sunday November 26, 2006
The Observer

One of the most important figures in the animal rights movement has publicly backed the use of living creatures in medical experiments. The endorsement - by the philosopher Peter Singer, who coined the phrase Animal Liberation and whose Seventies book on the subject led to the creation of the animal rights movement - has surprised observers.

Singer, professor of bioethics at Princeton, is renowned for insisting animals should have equal rights with humans but is quoted, on camera, backing research in which experiments on monkeys are carried out to develop surgery for Parkinson's and other patients.

'It is clear at least some animal research does have benefits,' Singer admits on Monkeys, Rats and Me: Animal Testing, which will be screened on BBC2 tomorrow. 'I would certainly not say that no animal research could be justified and the case you have given sounds like one that is justified.'

The admission has delighted scientists, including the Oxford surgeon Tipu Aziz, the doctor involved in this work. 'It is a very encouraging sign,' he said.

The BBC2 documentary focuses on animal rights activists' battle to block the building of the £20m Oxford University animal laboratory. Construction was abandoned in 2004 after a campaign of intimidation led builders to pull out of the project. Work resumed this year.

The programme, the most thorough TV examination of this vexed subject, includes graphic footage of electrodes being drilled into the skull of a rat which is later put down, on camera, by lethal injection. There is also footage of a monkey being prepared for a similar experiment. But viewers will also see a young Scottish boy, Sean Gardner, crippled by the movement disease dystonia, taking his first, tentative steps from his wheelchair, after similar surgery involving electrodes being drilled into his skull.

The documentary is being screened as the battle over the Oxford laboratory reaches fresh intensity, with a new group of opponents announcing it will hold its first public meeting in Oxford on Tuesday. The Voice for Ethical Research at Oxford (Vero) has been set up by university staff and students opposed to animal experiments and is backed by senior politicians, including Tony Benn and Ann Widdecombe.

Vero has been launched to counter the highly successful pro-laboratory group Pro-Test, created by 17-year-old student Laurie Pycroft last February. Pro-Test capitalised on local people's weariness of the laboratory's hard-line opponents, led by the animal liberation group Speak, whose members gather near the site to scream abuse at workers.

Last week Sharon Howe, Vero's founder, admitted many local people had become alienated by hardline anti-vivisectionists. 'The debate is so polarised, it is impossible to have a sensible discussion. We want greater efforts to be made in developing alternatives to animal experiment.'

In addition, the Weatherall committee - set up by scientific organisations that include the Royal Society and Wellcome Trust - will publish the results of its investigation into the use of primates in university and other academic labs. Several thousand primates - mostly macaques and marmosets - are experimented on every year to discover how neurons connect with the eye, to find out how images form in the brain, and to make other basic scientific discoveries.

The committee, chaired by the Oxford geneticist Sir David Weatherall, was asked to investigate this highly contentious subject and decide whether this science is sound and relevant to humans. According to sources close to the committee, the report, which will be published on 13 December, will back the continued use of primates for this sort of research. 'Weatherall has concluded it is good science and that it is relevant,' said a source.,,1957373,00.html

Father of animal activism backs monkey testing

Autor: Achim Stößer | Datum:
The Sunday Times November 26, 2006

Gareth Walsh

THE father of the modern animal rights movement has endorsed the use of monkeys in research by an Oxford professor at the centre of anti-vivisection protests.

Peter Singer, who is widely admired by activists for writing the seminal work on animal rights, says giving the primates Parkinson’s disease was “justifiable” because of the benefits it subsequently brought to thousands of human patients.

His comments will come as a blow to the protest group SPEAK, which is trying to halt construction of a new animal research laboratory at Oxford.

In a documentary to be screened tomorrow on BBC2 Singer, a professor of philosophy, comes face to face with Tipu Aziz, an Oxford neurosurgeon whose research involving monkeys has helped to develop pioneering ways of treating Parkinson’s disease.

During the exchange Aziz tells Singer: “I am a surgeon and also a scientist, and part of my work has been to induce parkinsonism in primates . . .

“I was one of a group internationally that showed that an area in the brain that was never associated with parkinsonism . . . was overactive, and by operating on it, reducing its activity, one can significantly — very significantly — improve Parkinson’s.

“To date 40,000 people have been made better with this, and worldwide at the time I would guess only 100 monkeys were used at a few laboratories.”

Singer replies: “Well, I think if you put a case like that, clearly I would have to agree that was a justifiable experiment.

“I do not think you should reproach yourself for doing it, provided — I take it you are the expert in this, not me — that there was no other way of discovering this knowledge.

“I could see that as justifiable research.”

Singer, a former Oxford lecturer now working in America and Australia, paved the way for recent animal rights activism with his book Animal Liberation, now considered the bible of the movement.

He said last week that he stood by his comments to Aziz, provided the monkeys had been treated as well as possible.

Aziz said: “It just shows (SPEAK) haven’t a case, to be honest.”

But Mel Broughton, one of the leaders of the SPEAK campaign, said of Singer’s justification of the Oxford experiments: “I would not accept that at all.

“(His comments) certainly do not represent the views of SPEAK, or the vast majority of people that campaign against animal research.”

Monkeys, Rats and Me: Animal Testing is on BBC2 tomorrow at 9pm,,2087-2471990.html