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Animal Friends strongly opposes organ transplantation from animals to humans! 01/18/2022

“On one hand, we suffer from heart disease, which is the result of eating pigs, and at the same time, we transplant a pig's heart to a man to save his life. Is there a greater absurdity?” Animal Friends are appalled. Although the recent heart transplantation of a genetically modified pig to man is seen by some as a great medical success, from that association, which strongly opposes the use of animals for experiments, it is seen as a diversion of science rather than a medical miracle: "It's a huge loss of resources that could be used to fund modern research, which could help people. The transplantation of a pigs heart into a human was preceded by many experiments in which pig hearts were transferred to monkeys, and most of them died from organ failure within mere hours or a couple of days at most. Numerous human and animal sacrifices through a long, painful, unsuccessful, and deadly history of xenotransplantation are clear evidence that such experimentation not only gives false hope of healing to human patients but also brings unimaginable suffering and painful death to animals", explain Animal Friends. They point out that there is already an ethical alternative, and that is the development of heart muscle tissue and other organs and parts of organs from human stem cells, which has the potential to save thousands of lives. Such new technologies could, and should, replace classic organ transplants.

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