It started with j0nz asking: As a liberal would you rather they was tested on human subjects? Without testing on animals it would result a shocking negligence in care for the human race.
To which I replied with: Yes. Why should animals suffer for human medication. They should pay people to be tested onâ€¦ make it into a free market where the poor and homeless can put themselves forward for testing in return for inordinate amounts of money.
There were some hurried calls to men in white coats no doubt. Don: Also, why stick it to the poor? I realise you have a belief in market forces, but that is a step beyond Dickensian. Why not the rich?
Jay Singh adds: Yeah – you open up that kind of shit to the market forces and who are the ones that are going to be exploited? The poorest and most vulnerable people in Asia and Africa! hmmmmâ€¦.looks like you havent thought this through enough Sunny.
Actually, I have thought about this quite a bit… though I’m happy for someone to try and dissuade me. Testing on humans is a taboo that many liberals would have nightmares about.
But I put it to people that if you value life, specially if you value all life equally like me, then market forces offer the best solution.
There seems to be an assumption that we live in an egalitarian society where poor people are not exploited already. Rich people already live longer than the poor; the poor are offered a way out by the army and die in war, the rich and powerful get out of draft; the rich can afford medicines that the poor cannot.
Stumbling and Mumbling recently wrote why he thought the trade in kidneys should be legalised.
I say take it a step further and let the poor people offer themselves up for medical testing. After all, tests on rats and chimpanzees never give a full indication of how a drug would react to humans.
The free-market approach would make it more expensive to develop drugs, but may reduce the testing time. I bet its something scientists would love to do dearly, but just are too afraid to ask. By including the true cost of developing a drug, it would force companies to spend more on alternatives such as advanced computer modelling, to test drugs.
It would also stop animals being mercilessly exploited for something they do not benefit from, or has anything to do with them. I believe in the sanctity of all life and karma does not differentiate between species – you kill something, you will eventually pay for it.
Therefore I support voluntary testing on humans.
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