How do you feel about working on live animals that are not going to saved after surgery?
Today was the first day of classes of the Spring 2004 semester at URI where I'm a sophomore. In my animal development class my professor announced that we would be sacrificing live animals in lab in order to run experiments on them. He mentioned that if any one in the class had any ethical/sensitive stomach problems that he/she should come talk to him after the lecture.
I won't need to talk to him about my ethical dilemmas or queasy stomach. I see all kinds of surgeries on a daily basis, and I've also seen my share of dead animals.
I don't think that it's wrong for people to sacrifice animals in order to educate. If researchers didn't, then we'd have a hard time finding treatments and cures for ailments that all species (humans included) may have. It's absolutely OK for educators/researchers/etc to use live animals in an environment where there is potential to save many animals as a result of one life. A veterinarian needs to manipulate and experiment with live animals in order to make sure that the vet is capable of performing the procedure. There's a major difference between working on a live animal and working on a dead one.
The needs of the many outweigh the needs of the few.