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50% discount off animal experimentation book

Dear friends and colleagues,

To help us celebrate Christmas, Palgrave Macmillan has very generously agreed to offer my book The Costs and Benefits of Animal Experiments for a massive 50% off the regular price of �55, i.e. for only �27.50, to all of my personal contacts. This hardback is part of the Palgrave Macmillan Animal Ethics Series, produced in partnership with the Oxford Centre for Animal Ethics.

Few ethical issues create as much controversy as invasive experiments on animals. Some scientists claim they are essential for combating major human diseases, or detecting human toxins. Others claim the contrary, backed by thousands of patients harmed by pharmaceuticals developed using animal tests. Some claim all experiments are conducted humanely, to high scientific standards. Yet, a wealth of studies have recently revealed that laboratory animals suffer significant stress, which may distort experimental results.

Where, then, does the truth lie? How useful are such experiments in advancing human healthcare? How much do animals suffer as a result? And do students really need to dissect or experiment on animals? What are the effects on their attitudes towards them?

In The Costs and Benefits of Animal Experiments, I present more than a decade of scientific research, analysis and experience to provide evidence-based answers to a key question: is animal experimentation ethically justifiable?

By using meta-analyses of large numbers of animal experiments selected randomly � the 'gold standard' when assessing biomedical research, and analysing over 500 scientific publications, I've been able to provide unprecedented insights into the contributions of animal experimentation to human healthcare, and the extent to which laboratory animals suffer. I provide the most recent evidence-based estimations of laboratory animal use globally and in major world regions, and review the types of procedures animals are subjected to, and their level of invasiveness. I conclude with an overview of key regulations governing animal experimentation within Europe and North America, and propose a set of policy reforms to facilitate increased implementation of alternative research and testing strategies. To aid busy readers, short summaries are also provided at the end of most chapters.

Rigorous implementation of policies such as these would restore to animal research the balance between human and animal interests expected by society, intended by legislation, and demanded by detailed ethical review. I make virtually no money from this book, but I would like to ask you to consider helping me to outreach this evidence and information as widely as possible. If you support these goals, please consider forwarding this message or leaflet below or here. Thank you!

The discount may be obtained by entering the code WBCOS2011a at the checkout at It's valid until 29th February 2012. This offer is not directly available to readers in the US, Canada and Australia, who should contact me for assistance. I will ensure none of you miss out.