Vivisection is defined as the act or practice of performing
experiments on living animals. The term is used to refer to several
categories of scientific or medical procedures performed on animals
including: drug or chemical testing, biomedical research, and
raising and killing animals for parts (such are heart valves) or
Facts and figures about the abject failure of vivisection to address
human health needs, and the inherent cruelty of the practice, abound.
But in order to effectively
address the heartfelt concerns of those
who have been led to believe animal experiments are necessary not
only for their well-being, and the welfare of their loved ones,
animal activists need to address not only the facts, but also the
emotional framework and historical baggage that perpetuate the myths
which keep the industry of animal research thriving. In short, we
need to talk to people in ways we can be heard.
As a former poster child for cerebral palsy research I've personally
exposed the flaws of animal research in media interviews and debates
against those in the vivisection industry. The questions and answers
provided here are born from the successes gained and the lessons
learned from occasional mistakes in the course of those debates. The
questions are common. The answers work. In Defense of Animals is
pleased to offer them as one component in your toolkit against
animal exploitation and appreciates any additional insights you may
have on these and other questions.
NE Director and Issues Specialist
The National Anti-Vivisection
Educational organization seeking to eliminate all animal use in
product testing, education and biomedical...