With these breakthroughs, Hartung believes that "nobody should have an excuse to still use the old animal models."
Wow! All these years, thinking there has to be a better way than forcing helpless dogs, pigs, primates, rodents, and other animals to endure torturous testing, still knowing that the first human trial is a massive risk. Perhaps we are on the cusp of a genuine breakthrough that would do away with animal testing forever.
But, then... what's this?
I thought we were really getting somewhere when Ringling Bros. and Barnum & Bailey Circus announced that it would retire all of its elephants from performances and send them to the Center for Elephant Conservation: a Florida facility owned by the circus' parent company, Feld Entertainment.
Rather than being granted a peaceful retirement, though, these elephants will have their blood drawn for use in cancer research. No. Just no! After being pushed to do unnatural tricks in a loud, stressful, captive environment, haven't these elephants suffered enough? Surely, these elephants deserve a genuine retirement, free from human interference (unless it's for the welfare of an individual elephant).