I'm not a supporter of PETA or other extremist animal welfare groups, but I have to admit that In Defense Of Animals (IDA) has a point when they highlight what they call 'Real Ridiculous Research' on animals. Examples they cite include, amongst others:
- Drug-induced arthritis in rats makes exercise harder;
- Dieting hamsters choose food over sex;
- Labs are stressful places for monkeys.
As I read through each experiment they listed, I could only shake my head in disbelief and mutter, "No s***, Sherlock!" How anybody could even obtain, let alone waste, appropriations money on such pointless 'experiments' just boggles my mind!
In this case at least, a heartfelt "Well done and thank you!" to IDA for publicizing these travesties of scientific research. Let's hope the publicity helps to reduce their number in future!