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        10-29-2009, 05:25 AM
    Hmm I don't really think this is "cool" at all, poor horses. Is there no way that they could simply take blood from the horse, and grow the anti- body as a culture ( my brother is a professor of sceince , and he says that most animal testing could be done using cultures instead of the animal suffer) I really think that horses have been used for so many purposes by humans, that it is a shame that they have found one more (this one) for them.
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        10-29-2009, 06:45 PM
    Well lets step in to a horses shoes or rats or dog ya no way is that "cool" personally that's silly
        10-29-2009, 07:46 PM
    Yes, and poor snakes. I get that it's important but that doesn't take away from how sad it is....
        10-29-2009, 08:49 PM
    Green Broke
    That's fine. Anytime you get bitten by a snake, you can just say "No thanks, you abused a horse for that, I'll die thank you."

    It's a harsh reality. Everytime you have a virus and take medicine, stop and think about how it was developed. Testing is a neccesity, and the only reason our death rates are not what they were 100 years ago when dying from a common flu was normal.

    I am 110% against testing ridiculous products on animals like make-up and shampoos, but in the medical world, it's a neccesity. Of course, if I had my way, I say we do testing on death row criminals. But testing on animals is an evil neccesity in many medical situations. People are to quick to take everything for granted and not think about why we have it.

    I think that's pretty neat, I had no idea. Is it JUST horses? I'd be very curious why if it is.
        10-29-2009, 09:22 PM
    Originally Posted by LadyDreamer    
    Simply put, humans are more important than horses.

    THANK YOU, THANK YOU, THANK YOU! More people need to have this way of thinking and understanding.
        10-29-2009, 09:27 PM
    Originally Posted by MacabreMikolaj    
    That's fine. Anytime you get bitten by a snake, you can just say "No thanks, you abused a horse for that, I'll die thank you."

    It's a harsh reality.
    Amen to that!
        10-29-2009, 10:55 PM
    Green Broke
    So far so good, but let's remember our conscientious etiquette policy about everyone's different views on things. So far everyone is playing nice, so let's keep it that way :) okie thanks a million friends
        10-29-2009, 11:09 PM
    If you want to pull humans into it and the "Well if YOU were the HORSE..." That is silly. Pookie precious is not a human. I am not a horse.

    As a human....

    If scientists found that something my body produced through pain cured some serious life threat, and through my pain a handful, or a hundred, or a thousand lives could be saved . . . I would volunteer . . . Well, I don't think I would volunteer, per se, because I would want something out of it besides personal gratification at helping these others, but nevertheless, I would do it. There would likely be a whole heck of a lot of swearing and death threats, but I would do it.

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    We put our horses through much pain regardless. Horses can have bad reactions to vaccinations or wormings. Totally human inflicted. Horses could pull muscles, cramp up, or sprain things in every day work. There are lots of ways we cause pain in a horse in their daily lives.

    And in the process of giving birth, the female must undergo severe pain. Yes this happens naturally(as do snakebites), but if you own a horse, your horse was created by causing great pain to another horse. If the breeding that produced your horse was a planned breeding, then it was essentially caused by man.

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    The horse is given such small doses, similar to the weakened pathogens of a vaccine, so that the body can effectively defeat it.

    And yes, I do find this fascinating and very cool. The body's defense systems, both horse and human, is just so cool to me.

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