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If we cut up beasts simply because they cannot prevent us and because we are backing our own side in the struggle for existence, it is only logical to cut up imbeciles, criminals, enemies, or capitalist for the same reasons.

Lewis, C. S.

Irish author, novels and essays

1898

1963

Chair of Medieval and Renaissance Literature at Cambridge

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The Anti-Vivisector does not deny that physiologists must make experiments and even take chances with new methods. He says that they must not seek knowledge by criminal methods, just as they must not make money by criminal methods. He does not object to Galileo dropping cannon balls from the top of the leaning tower of Pisa; but he would object to shoving off two dogs or American tourists.

Shaw, George Bernard

Irish playwright, Nobel prize 1925

1856

1950

vegetarian

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...we sacrifice other species to our own not because our own has any objective metaphysical privilege over others, but simply because it is ours. It may be very natural to have this loyalty to our own species, but let us hear no more from the naturalists about the "sentimentality" of anti-vivisectionists. If loyalty to our own species--preference for man simply because we are men--is not sentiment, then what is?

Lewis, C. S.

Irish author, novels and essays

1898

1963

Chair of Medieval and Renaissance Literature at Cambridge

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Atrocities are not less atrocities when they occur in laboratories and are call medical research.

Shaw, George Bernard

playwright, Nobel prize 1925

1856

1950

vegetarian

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During my medical education at the University of Basel I found vivisection horrible, barbarous, and above all unnecessary.

Jung, Carl G.

Swiss psychologist. The founder of analytical psychology. His break with Freud is an important event in the history of psychoanalytic thought.

1875

1961

Jung stressed the human psycheís quest for spiritual and archetypal meaning vs. Freudís emphasis on sex and aggression.

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Every year tens of thousands of animals suffer and die in laboratory tests of cosmetics and household products...despite the fact that the test results do not help prevent or treat accidental or purposeful misuse of the products. Please join me in using your voice for those whose cries are forever sealed behind the laboratory doors.

Harrelson, Woody

American actor

1961

 

 

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I abhor vivisection with my whole soul. All the scientific discoveries stained with innocent blood I count as of no consequence.

Gandhi, Mahatma

Indian statesman

1869

1948

 

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I abhor vivisection.  It should at least be curbed.  Better, it should be abolished.  I know of no achievement through vivisection, no scientific discovery, that could not have been obtained without such barbarism and cruelty.  The whole thing is evil.

Mayo, Dr. Charles W.

son of co-founder of the Mayo Clinic

1898

1968

a skilled surgeon and a member of the Mayo Clinicís Board of Governors

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I am not interested to know whether vivisection produces results that are profitable to the human race or doesn't...The pain which it inflicts upon unconsenting animals is the basis of my enmity toward it, and it is to me sufficient justification of the enmity without looking further.

Twain, Mark

wrote Tom Saywer & Huckleberry Finn

1835

1910

 

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I despise and abhor the pleas on behalf of that infamous practice, vivisection... I would rather submit to the worst of deaths, so far as pain goes, than have a single dog or cat tortured to death on the pretense of sparing me a twinge or two.

Browning, Robert

American poet

1812

1889

 

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I had bought two male chimps from a primate colony in Holland. They lived next to each other in separate cages for several months before I used one as a [heart] donor. When we put him to sleep in his cage in preparation for the operation, he chattered and cried incessantly. We attached no significance to this, but it must have made a great impression on his companion, for when we removed the body to the operating room, the other chimp wept bitterly and was inconsolable for days. The incident made a deep impression on me. I vowed never again to experiment with such sensitive creatures.

Barnard, Dr. Christian

South African, performed first open heart transplant

1922

2001

 

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If a guinea pig may be sacrificed for the sake of the very little that can be learnt from it, shall not a man be sacrificed for the sake of the great deal that can be learnt from him?"

Shaw, George Bernard

Irish playwright, Nobel prize 1925

1856

1950

"The Doctor's Dilemma"

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If you don't like my opinions leave. But just remember, the animals canít leave the cages that hold them. They are captive and suffering. As you cozy into your bed tonight, try to imagine the pain and the suffering that they endure day after day and night after night. Next time you get some soap in your eyes, try to imagine that pain for 3 or 4 days at a time. Next time you have a stomach ache, try to imagine liquid plumber being poured down your throat till you puke so much blood that you bleed to death. Next time you bump your head, try to imagine being a monkey and getting a steel plate smashed into your skull at 50 miles per hour. Then, only then should you feel compelled to tell me that Iím wrong about my opinions. For all these things have happened in the name of science. They continue in abundance till this day.

Rockett, Ricki

musician

2000

 

 

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One day the world will look upon research upon animals as it now looks upon research on human beings.

Da Vinci, Leonardo

artist, scientist

1452

1519

fervent vegetarian that was known for purchasing live birds from market to set them free

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The inhumanity of science concerns me, as when I was tempted to kill a rare snake that I may ascertain its species. I feel that this is not the means of acquiring true knowledge.

Thoreau, Henry David

essayist and poet. Wrote "Civil Disobedience"

1817

1862

"Disobedience," influenced Gandhi & Martin Luther King Jr.

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The medical argument for animal testing doesnít stand up. Even if it did, I donít think we should kill other species. We think weíre so much better; Iím not sure we are. I tell people, "Weíve beaten into submission every animal on the face of the Earth, so we are the clear winners of whatever battle is going on between the species. Couldnít we be generous? I really do think itís time to get nice. No need to keep beating up on them. I think weíve got to show that weíre kind.

McCartney, Paul & Linda

English musicians, Beatles

1942

 

 

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There are viable (and usually better) alternatives to the use of animals for food, sport, clothing, & experimentation. I beg you to discontinue any actions that might cause or condone animal torture, abuse, or destruction.

Moby

 

 

 

Musician

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They've been trying to test on animals for the past 50 years. Nobody's come up with a cure,"he says. "If you want to test on somebody, test on me."

Williams, Montel

 

 

 

 

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Vivisection is a social evil because if it advances human knowledge, it does so at the expense of human character.

Shaw, George Bernard

playwright, Nobel prize 1925

1856

1950

vegetarian

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Vivisection is the blackest of all the black crimes that man is at present committing against God and His fair creation. It ill becomes us to invoke in our daily prayers the blessings of God, the Compassionate, if we in turn will not practice elementary compassion towards our fellow creatures.

Gandhi, Mahatma

Indian statesman

1869

1948

 

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What I think about vivisection is that if people admit that they have the right to take or endanger the life of living beings for the benefit of many, there will be no limit to their cruelty.

Tolstoy, Leo

Russian author, War and Peace

1828

1910

 

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"About 40 per cent of all procedures used some form of anaesthesia to alleviate the severity of the interventions. For many of the remaining procedures the use of anaesthesia would have increased the animal welfare cost of the procedure."

Coalition for medical progress website Ė 4.2.06

 

 

 

www.medicalprogress.org

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...many vivisectors still claim that what they do helps save human lives. They are Lying. The truth is that animal experiments kill people, and animal researchers are responsible for the deaths of thousands of men, women and children every year.

Coleman, Dr. Vernon

English doctor

2000

 

 

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A medical profession founded on callousness to the pain of the other animals may eventually destroy its own sensibility to the pain of humans.

Brophy, Brigid

English novelist, essayist

1929

1995

from "Animals, Men, and Morals"

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An animal experiment cannot be justifiable unless the experiment is so important that the use of a brain-damaged human would be justifiable.

Singer, Peter

Australian professor, author "Animal Liberation"

1946

 

 

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Animal studies are done for legal reasons and not for scientific reasons. The predictive value of such studies for men is meaningless.

Gallagher, Dr. James D.

Journal of the AMA 3/14/1964

1964

 

 

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Ask the experimenters why they experiment on animals, and the answer is: 'Because the animals are like us.' Ask the experimenters why it is morally OK to experiment on animals, and the answer is: 'Because the animals are not like us.' Animal experimentation rests on a logical contradiction.

Magel, Dr. Charles R.

Prof. of Ethics, Moorhead St. Univ.

1920

 

written in 1980

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At present it is a rare person that emerges from medical training with his or her humanity intact.

Journal of the Amerian Medical Association

 

 

1989

Vol 261, p. 2011

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Because of their highly sensitive nervous systems and outstanding physical endurance, cats are the preferred animals for particularly painful and long-lasting neurological experiments... devised by plainly unbalanced minds!

Ruesch, Hans

medical historian

 

 

"Naked Empress"

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By and large students are taught that it is ethically acceptable to perpetrate, in the name of science, what from the point of view of the animals would certainly qualify as torture. By the time [the students] arrive in the labs they have been programmed to accept the suffering around them.

Goodall, Dr. Jane

primatologist, author of several books

 

 

Through a Window ó My 30 Years With the Chimpanzees in Gombe (1990)

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Doctors who speak out in favour of vivisection do not deserve any recognition in society, all the more so since their brutality is apparent not only during such experiments, but also in their practical medical lives. They are mostly men who stop at nothing in order to satisfy their ruthless and unfeeling lust for honours and gain.

Knecht, Hugo

Ear, Nose, Throat Specialist, Linz, October 5, 1909

1909

 

 

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During the last 80+ years, scientists experimenting on trillions of animals, came up with 900 ways of causing cancer in a mouse...BUT NO CURE TO HUMANS!

Brailsford, MD, J. F.

 

 

 

 

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Giving cancer to laboratory animals has not and will not help us to understand the disease or to treat those persons suffering from it.

Sabin, Albert, MD

A physician and microbiologist. Quote is from 1986.

1906

1993

Developed a live-virus polio vaccine that helped curb the spread of the then deadly disease.

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I do not believe that any of the suffering I have caused to laboratory animals has helped humanity in the slightest.

Ryder, Richard D.

English scientist, author

1940

 

 

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I refer to the tyranny of science. The old horrors are being brought back. Though we no longer torture in the name of God or in the name of the State, we torture in the name of science!

Powys, John Cowper

Engish novelist

1872

1963

"Moral Evolution"

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If the death of one rat cured all diseases, it wouldn't make any difference to me.

DeRose, Chris

founder, Last Chance for Animals

1995

 

 

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It [referring to dog labs] did more to damage my identity as a physician than anything else. I learned nothing physiological. I learned that life is cheap, and that misery can be ignored.

Cohen, Murray, MD

founding co-chair of the Medical Research Modernization Committee.

 

1990s

Authored books on animal experimentation, including "Of Pigs, Primates, and Plagues," a critique of xenotransplantation.

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It is difficult to entertain a warm feeling for a "medical man" who straps dogs to a table, cuts their vocal cords, and spends an interesting day or week slowly vivisecting or dismembering them.

Luce, Clare Booth

 

 

 

 

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It is totally unconscionable to subject defenseless animals to mutilation and death, just so a company can be the first to market a new shade of nail polish, or a new improved laundry detergent.

Van Buren, Abigail "Dear Abby"

A well-known syndicated advice columnist and author.

 

 

testifying before Congress, 1988

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It is wrong to do a certain harm that an uncertain good may result.

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It took me a couple of years reading the vivisectors' own literature to convince me that animal experiments have no scientific relevance to human health anyway.

DeRose, Chris

founder, Last Chance for Animals

1995

 

From "In Your Face"

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Results from animal tests are not transferable between species, and therefore cannot guarantee product safety for humans...In reality these tests do not provide protection for consumers from unsafe products, but rather they are used to protect corporations from legal liability.

Gundersheimer, Herbert

M.D., Baltimore 1988

1988

 

 

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Science that fails to embrace all living beings is far more dangerous than any virus!

Simmons, Steve

Aids Activist

 

 

 

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The American public has been trained to accept anything that sails under the flag of science.

Ruesch, Hans

medical historian

 

 

 

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The cruel experimenter cannot be allowed to have it both ways. He cannot, in the same breath, defend the scientific validity of vivisection on the grounds of the physical similarities between man and the other animals, and then defend the morality of vivisection on the grounds that men and animals are physically different. The only logical alternatives for him are to admit he is either pre-Darwinian or immoral.

Ryder, Richard D.

English scientist, author

1940

 

 

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The laboratory animal lives in hell and dies in hell by the millions, every year, time without end!

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The recorded tortures of human beings [by their own species!] are seldom of such long duration as those inflicted upon lab animals. Most of lab animals suffer from repeated experiments for months even for years!

unknown

 

 

 

 

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There will come a time when the world will look back to modern vivisection in the name of Science, as they do now to burning at the stake in the name of religion.

Bigelow, Dr. Henry J.

Boston surgeon, pioneer in use of ether

1818

1890

 

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Vivisection has done little for the art of the doctor at the bedside, but it has done immeasurable harm to the character and mind of the rising generation of doctors.

Hammer, Dr. Rudolph, LLD

 

 

1909

 

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Vivisection is anti-science and anti-health, and is leading us down a path of waste and decay! I encourage people to fight the dangerous dead-end of animal experimentation.

Cohen, Murray, MD

founding co-chair of the Medical Research Modernization Committee.

 

1990s

Authored books on animal experimentation, including "Of Pigs, Primates, and Plagues," a critique of xenotransplantation.

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There are only two categories of doctors and scientists who are not opposed to vivisection: Those who donít know enough about it and those who make money from it

Hartinger, Werner

Chief Surgeon, W. Germany, 1988

1988

 

 

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Vivisection is barbaric, useless, and a hindrance to scientific progress.

Hartinger, Werner

Chief Surgeon, W. Germany, 1988

1988

 

 

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We have cured mice of cancer for decades--and it simply didn't work in humans.

Klausner, Dr. Richard

of the National Institute of Cancer

 

 

 

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We sacrificed daily from one to three dogs, besides rabbits and other animals, and after four years experience, I am of the opinion that not one of these experiments on animals was justified or necessary.

Hogan, Dr. George

student of Claude Bernard, France

1875

 

Bernard taught that the researcher must not be hampered by the blood and cries of his animal subjects.

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What are we doing when we brainwash children in schools to cut open their fellow animals? Are we dangerously desensitizing them? Some of the most warped and blunted people I know are those who have gone through training of this sorts.

Ryder, Richard D.

English scientist, author

1940

 

 

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What good does it do you to test something [a vaccine] in a monkey? You find five or six years from now that it works in the monkey, and then you test it in humans and you realize that humans behave totally differently from monkeys, so youíve wasted five years.

Feinberg, Dr. Mark

a leading AIDS researcher

 

 

 

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What the factory farmers emphasize is that animals are different from humans: we canít, we are told, judge their reactions by our own, because they donít have human feelings. But no one in his senses ever supposed they did. Anyone acquainted with animals can guess pretty well that they have less intellect and memory than humans, and live closer to their instincts. But the reasonable conclusion to draw from this is the very opposite of the one the factory farmers try to force upon us. In all probability, animals feel more sharply than we do any restrictions on such instinctual promptings as the need, which we share with them, to wander around and stretch oneís legs every now and then; and terror or distress suffered by an animal is never, as sometimes in us, softened by intellectual comprehension of the circumstances.

Brophy, Brigid

English novelist, essayist

1929

1995

 

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When evaluated on the basis of real usefulness to humanity, "scientific research" is a fraud, whether intentional or not.

Cave, William A

late President of AAVS

 

 

 

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You are not handling a lump of plastic. You are handling animals with central nervous systems that feel pain and suffering.

Swanson, Janice

animal behavior specialist at Kansas State University

 

 

addressing a United Egg Producers meeting

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Your good article about causing serious questions when medical results on men studies are applied to women, opened my eyes: If men and women are so different, how in the world can scientists reach any valid conclusions from the myriad projects and experiments... on different species??? It makes all the animal testing/experimentation pretty futile!

Bernhart, Mrs. Milton

Reader forum, AARP bulletin

 

 

 

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Whenever people say, 'We mustn't be sentimental,' you can take it they are about to do something cruel. And if they add, 'We must be realistic,' they mean they are going to make money out of it."

Brophy, Brigid

English novelist, essayist

1929

1995

 

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Judge (in the same way as you would judge your own) the behaviour of a dog who has lost his master, who has searched for him in the road barking miserably, who has come back to the house restless and anxious, who has run upstairs and down, from room to room, and who has found the beloved master at last in his study, and then shown his joy by barks, bounds and caresses. There are some barbarians who will take this dog, that so greatly excels man in capacity for friendship, who will nail him to a table, and dissect him alive, in order to show you his veins and nerves. And what you then discover in him are all the same organs of sensation that you have in yourself. Answer me, mechanist, has Nature arranged all the springs of feeling in this animal to the end that he might not feel? Has he nerves that he may be incapable of suffering?

Voltaire

French author, quote from Trate sur la tolerance

1694

1778

 

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