John Gluck spent many years conducting experiments on rhesus monkeys, hoping to find treatments for mental illness in humans. In a recent essay in the New York Times, he says: “Like many researchers, I once believed that intermittent scientific gains justified methods that almost always did harm“. Today, his views couldn’t be more different. “There is no research more valuable than our own integrity and ethical coherence, and our treatment of animals is a direct reflection of our values toward life and one another“. Professor Gluck’s unflinching essay offers a profound challenge to researchers who continue to harm animals in the name of medical ‘progress’.
Readers may recall that Professor Gluck was recently featured in QAD’s poster series, “Hidden Costs / Hidden Potential“: