Creating Human-Animal Hybrids Is Bad for People – and Worse for Animals

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You may have heard the disturbing news today that scientists in California are trying to grow human organs inside pigs.

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They do this by injecting human stem cells into pig embryos to produce hybrid human-pig embryos, or chimeras. If this sounds wrong, that’s because it is. Experiments like these cause immense suffering to animals.

To create animals containing human genetic material, animal mothers undergo invasive procedures to harvest their eggs and implant embryos. These animals have exactly the same capacity to feel pain and to suffer as any other animal, including humans. And for every supposed “success” celebrated by experimenters, many, many other animals will have died along the way in experiments that didn’t work out.

To understand more about human development and human diseases, the world’s most forward-thinking scientists are developing and using methods that supersede the crude use of animals and are actually relevant to human health. These modern methods include sophisticated tests using human cells and tissues and innovative biotechnology such as organs-on-a-chip which replicate human physiology, diseases and drug responses more accurately than experiments on animals do.

With more investment and use of humane, cutting-edge technology, we’ll have much better science than the monstrous “frankenscience” of creating human-animal hybrids.

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  • Shweta jagtap commented on June 6, 2016 at 4:04 pm

    What rubbish… Are these peoples are gone mad…

    • Karen commented on June 8, 2016 at 2:31 pm

      These research institutions get a lot of funding to do animal experiments. So any Tom, Dick or Harry researcher who wants to make a pretty fortune and get off practicing sadistic torture, salivates for a job like this. Oh yeah, he went to school, he is a doctor…some people are just attracted in a sick way to causing suffering to imprisoned animals. If they can get away with it. And they do.
      In fact, they’re lauded for doing such life-saving work! They tried putting that pigs heart in a human in the 1980’s and it failed miserably. The guy died. They are at it again. Why not? These domestic animals are for the taking. They can’t fight back. Too easy prey animals.
      Why don’t they try to capture a wild boar? Because he/she would rip that researchers head off! Best to domesticate and imprison animals generation after generation, you see, get them used to it, they can’t fight back. Then we can do whatever we want with them.

      • Liz Spry commented on June 18, 2016 at 5:04 pm

        Animals have feelings, LEAVE THEM ALONE. There are other, more accurate ways of obtaining results. Only sick individuals like inflicting hurt.

      • Heidi H. commented on July 31, 2016 at 2:24 am

        You are right Karen, sadly — which is why we need some kind of international rights for animals, an Amnesty International for Animals, or a special branch of the UN for animal rights — because states and countries alone don’t know how to protect their own animals! Andrew Linzey (Oxford professor and animal theologian) wrote a book called “Why Animal Suffering Matters,” and I wish it were more widely known, because he discusses why cruelty to animals needs to be taken just as seriously as cruelty to
        human children…. Human beings have crossed the
        line too many times, when it comes to animal cruelty
        — the human race has committed so many war crimes and Nazi-like experiments on animals, yet
        why never punished for it? Animals need to be given
        some of the same basic rights as human beings have
        — our world will never be at peace, until we can treat
        all sentient beings as worthy of life itself….

      • Emmanuelle Lassalle commented on August 8, 2016 at 10:27 am

        Karen and Liz, In France, associations like Proanima and André Manache’s Antidote Europe finance and develop alternative or substitutive methods of experiment for all, medecin and toxicology researshs. Those alternativs DOES exist, in France and in Europa, but the European Commission continues to finance animal experimentations and labo does not care. It is not acceptable. If I take a medecin, I am ashamed. The only thing we can do is to be vegan and to stop using animal experimented products that are available on the market like for cosmetics…. So sade to live in such a world that has no respect for animal and use them like items…

  • Sofi commented on June 6, 2016 at 4:05 pm

    Pigs are not for humans to do testing on.

    • zara aziz commented on June 18, 2016 at 11:21 am

      How did Humans get so heartless cruel and greedy. What went wrong. I look forward to the day when there is only Love and kindness to all.

  • Emmanuelle Lassalle commented on June 6, 2016 at 4:14 pm

    You are a devil, and why not slavery? Because it is fordidden for humans, you do it with animals??

  • Emmanuelle Lassalle commented on June 6, 2016 at 4:15 pm

    You are a devil. Is slavery fordidden towards humans you do it with animals? What about your mind and conscience??

  • Jan Gale commented on June 6, 2016 at 4:19 pm

    This is just not right,it should be stopped now.

  • kirsty commented on June 6, 2016 at 4:31 pm

    Wtf? No! No!! No!!! Wrong! Wrong!! Wrong!!! Disgusting! Scientists? Come on what’s wrong with you?

  • SYLVIA DAY commented on June 6, 2016 at 4:51 pm

    I am strongly against this personally but I should imagine that if you had a family member or small child who was diagnosed with a very serious organ failure and expected to die within a few months or even years you would clutch at any straw that was offered. Until you are put in that situation you can never really know what you’d do.

  • Deborah Clarke commented on June 6, 2016 at 5:30 pm

    Animal experiments are cruel and inaccurate!
    Let’s invest in alternative testing
    When we ever learn

  • Lisa Thompson commented on June 6, 2016 at 7:59 pm

    This is awful news, creating Frankenstein whilst subjecting these beautiful pigs to awful suffering and to what end? Humans already live too long and suffer cruel conditions as a result….we should stop this.

  • linda miller commented on June 6, 2016 at 9:34 pm

    this is terrible, what are we going to do next to animals, we don’t need this it needs to be stopped

  • Nancy Kennedy commented on June 6, 2016 at 11:14 pm

    Use science & technology to find answer not living things.

  • ROGER LEJEUNE commented on June 7, 2016 at 12:44 am

    STOP THIS !!!!

  • Faye Edmonds commented on June 7, 2016 at 9:38 am

    The human race is very disturbing!

  • Joyce Crawford commented on June 7, 2016 at 11:25 am

    This is grotesque, unethical, cruel and could lead to unimaginable consequences

  • Claire Hudson commented on June 7, 2016 at 12:07 pm

    Please stop this now!!

  • Christine bull commented on June 7, 2016 at 12:13 pm

    Animals have feelings and should not be used like this it’s not ethical

  • Ann commented on June 7, 2016 at 12:32 pm

    This is so wrong in so many ways.

  • Anne Montarou, Plaisir commented on June 7, 2016 at 12:57 pm

    Stop this ! Disgusting humans. Pseudo science.

  • Charistinw commented on June 7, 2016 at 1:42 pm

    I know we need to keep up with testing for new medicines but not on animals it’s not right to keep them in boxes or cages all their lives we got enough cures already STOP this BARBARIC TESTING NOW
    Find another way

  • Nobody commented on June 7, 2016 at 10:14 pm

    I know this comment will probably get immediately deleted, but seriously, PETA? This propaganda is stupid and it needs to stop. I don’t support animal abuse, but we do need to do certain testing in order to make breakthroughs. I mean, what if one of your family members needed a certain body part to survive? You wouldn’t turn something like that down, would you?

    • Carol Williams commented on June 9, 2016 at 6:05 am

      I absolutely do not agree. It is human nature to take what’s on offer in those circumstances, I myself have terminal cancer. BUT what we dont know about we dont miss. There is no excuse for using animals in this way it is evil and WRONG.

  • Clair Hart commented on June 8, 2016 at 8:34 am

    Us humans just cannot accept our own mortality and it’s always animals who have to lose their lives in our quest to extend ours. We already have far too many people on the planet as it is. Nature keeps trying to cut down populations by giving us diseases such as AIDS, Ebola, TB etc, famine, wars and natural disasters which work pretty well up to a point. This beautiful planet cannot sustain the amount of people who inhabit it already, let alone the extra 5 billion or so expected to exist in the next hundred years. It’s time we took a less selfish look at the state of things, stopped abusing animals so horrifically and just accept that we are all going to die some day and that’s just the way it is. We’re not that f*****g important.

    • Tony commented on June 14, 2016 at 9:25 am

      Fabulous Clair Hart. I commend you for putting it so well. Also Carol. I agree, harvesting animals to make people better is unethical in the bigger scheme of things. To take a life to prolong another is wrong.

  • Lassalle commented on June 8, 2016 at 1:37 pm

    Properly awfull and absolutly not moral pour use animals like that.

  • Séjourné Emmanuelle commented on June 8, 2016 at 1:41 pm

    A shame on humanity Abuse

  • Caz commented on June 9, 2016 at 11:46 am

    This is so disturbing, the fact that there will have been much celebration and congratulation among the scientists involved. As a previous commenter claimed, this article is not ‘propaganda’ it’s the truth behind the rose tinted headlines that you don’t want to see, we do not need to test these things on animals, we have the science to produce human cells and tissue already that we could test on, it’s just more costly. Pigs are cheap and easy to keep so far better to hide their pain and suffering to keep costs down. Absolutely agree with a previous commenter, human beings are but organic material meant to expire, why must we keep sacrificing everything around us to pursue an unnatural life span? Who gave us that right…

  • Séjourné Emmanuelle commented on June 9, 2016 at 6:36 pm

    Stop animal testing

  • gillian clay commented on June 18, 2016 at 2:45 pm

    this doesn’t seem right, especially as biotechnology is a successful and cruelty free alternative.

  • gillian clay commented on June 18, 2016 at 2:46 pm

    If biotechnology is a successful and cruelty free alternative, there should be no reason to involve pigs

  • Geraldine Daniels commented on July 21, 2016 at 12:28 am

    I wish I was not part of a society or race that can condone or perpetrate the infliction of pain or suffering of any sort on another sentient creature. Why is the human race made up of so many brutal unkind wicked people. If they cannot be ‘re educated they should be segregated. They do not deserve a place alongside humans who care. It hurts to know they exist.

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