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Tuesday, May 03, 2005

Tasers Tested On Cocaine Drugged Pigs

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MADISON, Wis. - A professor at the University of Wisconsin-Madison plans to study whether stun guns alone can kill pigs--or whether other medical factors are at play--as part of an effort to understand why 103 people have died in North America since 2001 after being shocked by Tasers...

Police are hailing the devices since they are a less lethal way to restrain people (compared to a gun that is). Tasers however can be fatal as dozens of people have died as a result of being "tazed." Researchers are trying to see if whether the electricity from tasers could affect the heart of the victims (thus killing them) which is the reason why they are using pigs. Of coarse, PETA is not happy with the experiments and probably will plan protests showing their disapproval of such experiments (but wouldn't it be better to have pigs tested than people).

It looks like another group is upset about these experiments as well.
What makes the experiment even more atrocious is that similar Taser studies have been conducted with pigs, dogs, and bovines on other occasions since 1989. Webster has also stated that he believes Tasers are safe to use on people, negating any claim that this could be an unbiased study.

Tasers are already widely used, and their relative safety can be easily measured using human data. If the weapon manufacturer and law-enforcement agencies were to take responsibility and accept a sensible protocol of follow-up medical assessment for Taser victims, they could gain relevant information. They could supplement this information with the medical histories and autopsy reports of the more than 100 people in North America who have died after being shot with Tasers.

If these experiments were safe to use, then people probably would not have died from them (after all, these are tasers and not water guns). Using data from these past victims probably would not be adequate and enough to gain data as they are already dead and could have suffered from heart problems before. Testing on animals, although not desirable, is preferable to humans any day of the week.

If tasers can be established as dangerous towards humans, then their use can be substituted towards other non-lethal measures, such as tear gas or pepper spray (unless of coarse the perpetrator is under the influence then the taser might be needed). Using animals that we normally eat is in no way a crime, as these pigs would have ended up as bacon anyway. If it were a dog being used, public outcry would definitely be appropriate. But for a pig such outcry holds no moral ground.

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