Sunday, March 06, 2005

Animal experiments

OracKnows comments on Bill Maher:
For someone who bills himself as being so rational and skeptical, proudly trumpeting his atheism and claiming that religious people have a "neurologic disorder" because of their belief in things that can't be proven, Maher certainly seems to be rather credulous about other things that fit into his own world-view. Certainly, his close affiliation with PETA and his rather uncritical acceptance of its claims argues for this. Money quote from an interview from a few years ago:

To those people who say, "My father is alive because of animal experimentation," I say "Yeah, well, good for you. This dog died so your father could live." Sorry, but I am just not behind that kind of trade off.
I went to med school at the University of Mississippi in Jackson, MS. Class of 89. The chairman of the Department of Physiology at the time was Arthur Guyton. Ring any bells? Many of you may know that Dr. Guyton had polio when he was a resident and could only walk or stand with crutches.

Now, the medical school, as was the case with most, used dogs in expirements and education. The school would buy the dogs from the local pound for $25, if I remember correctly. These were animals that were slated to be put down and not those that just arrived. The local animal rights advocates managed to persuade the city council to prohibit the sale of these animals to the school. This meant the school had to get animals from a breeding kennel in LA, at a substantially higher cost. I suppose no one told the taxpayers about that part.

Dr. Guyton, being a very smart man, went to a city council meeting to try to get the ordinance repealed. When offered a seat, he declined. The visual was surely persuasive. He told them, "The reason your children won't look like me is because of animal research."

The ordinance was repealed that day.