Jane Goodall, primatologist and ethologist, criticizes the use of animals in biomedical research after receiving the Parliamentary Association Award in Defence of Animals (APDDA) in Madrid, Spain.
When Jane Goodall was two years old received a stuffed chimpanzee as a birthday gift, from her father. That, was probably his first contact with the species and the beginning of a long friendship and care that lasts to the nearly 80 years she has today. The researcher is known for her studies on the interaction of wild chimpanzees in Gomba National Park in Tanzania, and for being a great defender of them. She is already Messenger of Peace United Nations, Prince of Asturias Award for Research, and now she also was given the Parliamentary Association Award in Defence of Animals (APDDA).
She has a serene and peaceful face, the kind that only transmits peace. But her gaze hardens when speaking of the treatment given to humans and animals, especially the apes. “It is a question about the no empathy we have with them. We share so many things with them, like the DNA and a similar brain structure. But we fail to see their suffering, what they are afraid of, that they become stressed and depressed just like us”. Dr. Goodall considers that there have been advances to protect animals, but there are still spaces as is their use in medical research: “fifty years ago the doctors had no alternative, but now there are”.
According to Dr. Goodall, poverty is the root cause of the losing of biodiversity. “When you’re too poor, you are desperate to eat, so we have to get first to the people of this state”. This has initiated several projects to educate people in Africa on the preservation of biodiversity, like the one they have just presented in Worldcoo. “We train people in land management and to monitor forests. But also we taught women to family planning and give them scholarships to go to school”.
Source: El País.