Right to Kill Monkeys to Find Ebola Vaccine

Monkey experiments have determined that a proposed Ebola vaccine may be safe, leading to early human trials. From the NYT story:

The government plans to fast-track development of a vaccine shown to protect macaque monkeys, aiming to test it in humans as early as next month.

Generally, here’s how the experiment was conducted:

– Groups of monkeys were vaccinated, while others were not;

– The monkeys were then infected.

– The unvaccinated monkeys died from Ebola.

– The vaccinated monkeys didn’t. And the vaccine did not harm the monkeys.

Animal rights activists would prevent us from making this grim good use of monkeys. But that is anti-human. Unless scientists conduct such monkey experiments, human studies could not go forward. In short, a vaccine would never be found.

It comes down to this: Sacrifice monkeys in the hope of saving people?  Or spare the monkeys regardless of the consequences to people? The latter choice is part of the war on humans.

Wesley J. Smith — Wesley J. Smith is a senior fellow at the Discovery Institute’s Center on Human Exceptionalism.

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