I knew it would come eventually so here goes. I obviously LOVE certain television shows… One on the top of my list is Law & Order. So 2 nights ago(I missed my usual lunch time viewing due to renovations in my house) I watched an episode where an animal rights protester broke into a lab where monkeys were being tested for an HIV vaccine and let a monkey with AIDS loose and it bit a lab worker who had an allergic reaction to the monkey’s saliva and died. This episode I’m sure would have tugged on the heart strings on animal lovers everywhere.
In watching this very intense episode Jack McCoy got me thinking. Should those who have a love for animals have a love for humans first and foremost? I’m interested in this discussion because its a great point that I personally can find myself standing on both sides of the line.
In this particular “case” I felt that the protester was wrong because he was given misguided information about the lab he was breaking into in order to “liberate” the spider monkeys. This lab was not mistreating the monkeys beyond caging them and injecting them with viruses for research (and before everyone gets up in a huff I do realize that to some people these are a “no no”and there is noway this can be right but please just hear me out). The activist also had no intention of hurting a human but in the court case Executive Assistant District Attorney Jack McCoy used as an argument (which is my point of this post) “Should we hold the rights of animals above humans” (in this case men, women and children who are infected with the AIDS virus)?
Should we stop using effective methods to save people from diseases and viruses to save an animals life? I realize that this post delves into the whole evolution/religion/human rights/animal rights territory and its a sticky place to be BUT I want to see if we can have an open, reasonable, friendly YET intelligent discussion about “Who should we put first man or beast?”
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