"...because if it advances human knowledge, it does so at the expense of human character."
George Bernard Shaw (1906)
"I was becoming aware that something extraordinary was happening. Where else in the world was such a parody taking place? A Vivisectionist publicly defending his unethical views, backed by beguiled supporters, challenging a Buddhist, and the whole predicament shown up in its true light by the spirit of George Bernard Shaw?"
This is a book which challenges accepted
ideas of exactly what
animal experimentation really is.
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VIVISECTION IS A SOCIAL EVIL
How did posting an article about WORLD WEEK FOR ANIMALS IN LABORATORIES bring George Bernard Shaw face to face with a present day vivisectionist?...
...I had become a 'newbie' member of a highly respected International writer's forum. I had noticed a Current Affairs board and decided to post a thread there to bring attention to 'WORLD WEEK FOR ANIMALS IN LABORATORIES' with a quote found on the web from G.B.S., and invite members to report on what was happening in their part of the world....'
Thinking there might be a few replies about what was happening in America I certainly didn't expect the first reply to be from a Vivisectionist!
...I decided to record what may be mainstream views to vivisection - side by side with quotes from George Bernard Shaw. Here was a bright humanitarian mind that had looked deeply and thoroughly into the subject of Vivisection seeing it as 'barbaric' treatment of fellow beings. What was so refreshing was the timeless quality of the writing. He clearly saw suffering and its cause, illuminating the sanity of morality and the insanity of vivisection. His words rang out Truth that is as relevant today as it was one hundred years ago.
"I liked the way you interposed GBS's comments throughout, along with your own patient contributions in response to the typically harsh and self-satisfied postings of pro-vivisectors.
It always seems incredible to me the way such people (and they are common throughout our society) are utterly convinced of the superiority of human beings over animals.
Animals used in labs are sentient and 'tremble before danger and fear death'...
As for the cures your correspondents constantly allude to, the suggestion that remedies to profound human physical and mental ailments will be delivered by the medical therapy industry is a beguiling nonsense that costs all of us dear."
- Andrew Tyler, Director, Animal Aid, UK
Safer Medicines Campaign
"Congratulations on publishing the discussion thread you prompted between advocates and opponents of animal experimentation. The more exposure of such discussion threads between advocates and opponents of animal experimentation, the better, so that people can see all the flaws in the reasoning that are repeated ad infinitum...
...One of the most striking things about the contributions from advocates of animal experimentation is their adherence to dogma, rather than evidence. In fact, there is overwhelming evidence of harm to human health as a result of animal experimentation...
...Advocates of animal testing are often not as knowledgeable about the subject as they like to believe. I understand absolutely how they feel: as a pharmaceutical research scientist, I used to believe that a future without animal testing was just wishful thinking. But now, having researched the matter for ten years, and having witnessed first-hand, both as a researcher and a patient, how misleading animal studies can be, I know one of the surest ways to advance medicine would be to abandon animal research in favour of the many superior methods of research based on human biology that are now at our disposal."
- Kathy Archibald B.Sc, Director, Safer Medicines Campaign, UK
Orchard Park Press
"I am reading 'Vivisection Is A Social Evil', a thread in which it must have been maddening to participate. Pygmalion and Three Other Plays sits on a shelf here, and in poor shape, but I was certain to re-read the scathing and lengthy "Preface on Doctors", with which I am sympathetic ("...the more appalling the mutilation, the more the mutilator is paid..."). Ah, and "The Vaccination Craze"! Prescient but unheeded -- Shaw wept. Your confrontation with Pharmaceutical Industry Apparatchiks must have been infuriating, unless your skin is thicker than mine...
"...what we do to another we do to ourselves." I believe this whole-heartedly.
Reading the comments/reactions, I find the lengths to which people go in an effort to rationalise a belief, EXTRAORDINARY... I consider the body a 'whole system' whereas your critics would break it down into component parts, as though each component could be treated individually and by brute force, as though vivisection were an elegant approach to the development of novel treatments, as opposed to barbaric.
And funnier still: those so called medical 'breakthroughs' to which your critics repeatedly referred! What breakthroughs!? Our approach to modern medicine is barbaric in almost every respect. And most treatments are developed to prolong illness and to exacerbate symptons, each of which must be treated -- a monstrous industry.
Your effort became the target of a concerted disinformation campaign! I applaud your willingness to carry the effort to term. Your opponents pride themselves on their ability to short-circuit debate; the skill with which they may disable the audience's ability to think critically (i.e. the ad hominem attacks, etc.).
Again, I commend you for getting down and dirty in the trenches, drawing fire, remaining resolute and confident in your noble aims.
- Tom Fahy, N.Y. Musician & Writer, U.S.A.
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Reader Reviews for "Vivisection Is A Social Evil"
|Reviewed by Michael Guy
|I'm against it; in every case there is a non-violent alternative that often is not chosen because they don't "see it as convenient." I also try to live in every way and in every purchase "cruelty free" - when i see a product or food is a cause of violence I shun it or find an alternative...including vitamins, personal hygeine items that do not use animal products or tested on them.
Glad to see you are writing with "social relevance" and uplifting our society's conscience.
best regards, michael