Vivisection


Vivisection, viv'i-sek'shan, n. [< L. vivus, alive, and sectio, sectionis, a cutting.] The dissection of, or otherwise experimenting on, a living animal, esp. for the purpose of ascertaining or demonstrating some fact in physiology or pathology. -Websters Dictionary

"In the opinion of leading biostatisticians, it is not possible to transfer the probability predictions from animals to humans... At present, therefore, there exists no possibility at all of a scientifically-based prediction. In this respect, the situation is even less favourable than in a game of chance... In our present state of knowledge, one cannot scientifically determine the probable effect, effectiveness or safety of medicaments when administered to human beings by means of animal experiments... The example of the Thalidomide disaster... illustrates this problem particularly clearly. Such a medicine-caused disaster could no more be prevented with adequate certainty through animal experimentation today than it could at that time."

Neue Juristische Wochenschrift (New Legal Weekly), in the Zeitschrift fur Rechtspolotik (issue 12, 1975), Prof. Dr. Herbert Hensel, Director of the Institute of Physiology at Marburg University



"Let none count themselves wise who have not with the nerves of their imagination felt the pain of the vivisected."

John Cowper Powys (1872-1963), novelist, poet and essayist



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