My editorial 'Animal testing isn't just an ethical problem -- let's invest in safer methods' has just been published in The Guardian online
"When a dog with a life-threatening uterine infection was recently carried into my veterinary practice, I was confident we could save her. Following a rapid infusion of intravenous fluids and antibiotics, I performed emergency surgery. Partly because of the drugs she was given, "Annie" recovered well. I had the luxury of knowing they had all been tested on other animals of the same species, and were unlikely to inadvertently cause any harm.
Unfortunately, my brother does not have that luxury. He works as a resident in a hospital emergency department, and although the drugs he uses have also been thoroughly tested on animals, this doesn't provide quite the same level of comfort...
Some of the comments are particularly interesting! Please feel free to join the debate/discussion if you have the time.
Thanks and best wishes,
Andrew Knight DipECAWBM (WSEL), PhD, MRCVS, FOCAE
- Diplomate, European College for Animal Welfare and Behavioural Medicine
- Fellow, Oxford Centre for Animal Ethics
- Spokesperson, Animals Count: a UK political party for people and animals
- Director, Animal Consultants International
-- author: The Costs and Benefits of Animal Experiments, Palgrave Macillan 2011 --