This month an article came out in the UK about how we are now one step closer to using pigs in human lung transplants. They estimate that within five years humans may be able to use pigs for lung transplants. You can read the full article here.
Do we need more sources available for transplantation? Absolutely! I'm a big supporter of being an organ donor and have been listed as a donor since first getting my license at the age of 16.
Each year in America there are 45,000 people that die. Meanwhile, there are 19 people who die each day while they wait for an organ transplant, because there is a shortage of donors. If you add it up, it amounts to around 6,935 people who die each year in the U.S. in need of an organ transplant.
The answer to this problem, my friends, is not to start looking at other species and seeing how we can use them some more to our advantage. There is no doubt that vast amounts of money is being spent on this research. Yet, how much is being spent on bringing the organ donation issue to the masses and encouraging them to become registered donors? Not much, if any.
Using animals for human organ transplants is unethical. We can save human lives, but it requires humans to do their part in wanting to save other humans. If you are not yet a donor, do your part to get registered as an organ donor and let your loved ones know your wishes.
One human can save or improve the lives of 50 people by being an organ donor. If there were no shortages of donors, people would not be turning to pigs as a source of lung transplants.