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Neurosurgeon Supports Anti-vivisection


A practising neurosurgeon who gained his doctorate at Brasenose College, Oxford University, has thrown his weight behind the campaign to stop a new animal research laboratory currently being built in Oxford.

Dr. Marius Maxwell MBBChir, DPhil, launched a blistering attack on the University's new animal lab. Dr. Maxwell, a neurosurgeon and neuroscientist with two decades of research experience commented: "I feel qualified to contribute to the debate on non-human primate vivisection. The arguments of the Weatherall Committee defy much current scientific evidence, and have served only to confirm my view that the data supporting non-human primate vivisection are profoundly flawed and together with the moral case are indefensible."
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One of the tactics increasingly employed and favoured by the pro vivisectionists is to accuse anyone who objects to vivisection as being either anti science or even accusing their opponents of being "fanatics" or "extremists". Some are even accused of being "terrorists". However more and more scientists like Dr Maxwell are beginning to speak out against the vivisectors and the tactics they are employing in order to muddy the waters in their attempts to win the argument.

Dr Maxwell states that "Many of my Oxford colleagues in world-class scientific laboratories, and in the humanities, are privately aghast at the ability of a small group of media-savvy vivisectionists to hold the debate hostage and thereby besmirch the international reputation of their University."
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Dr Maxwell urges Oxford University to change their minds as to what work should be carried out in the new lab when work is completed stating that: "the South Parks Road building be made into a world-class medical imaging and research centre. The explosion of imaging techniques over the past decade (functional MRI being but one) has alone obviated the need for non-human primate vivisection especially in the neurosciences. Humans can and are being studied in ways that would have been unimaginable only ten years ago. The eighteen million pounds for the animal research building could be better spent by Oxford University with a more inspired, rational and forward-looking appreciation of the trajectory of medical research technology."

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http://www.arkangelweb.org/international/uk/20070102labcriticised.php

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