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What Is Vivisection?

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 organs.

Facts and figures about the abject failure of vivisection to address human heath 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.

Sincerely yours,

Lawrence Carter-Long
NE Director and Issues Specialist

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