Support Rational Discussion On Animal Testing

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Target: Oxford Centre for Animal Ethics Department Director, Andrew Linzey

Goal: Encourage rational discussion around the ethics of animal testing.

The Oxford Centre for Animal Ethics is hosting a summer school that will have a forum for a discussion of animal ethics. This panel will be debating a report called “Normalising the Unthinkable” that was supported by more than 150 writers, academics, and intellectuals, including Nobel Laureate J.M. Coetzee. This discussion is a positive move forward for the animal rights movement.

The summer school will discuss animal ethics from different perspectives such as the historical, legal, psychological, and sociological perspectives. In addition, it will cover philosophical and religious ethics, the morality of different kinds of research, the possibility of using alternatives in research, the confining of animals in laboratories, and current and future legislation regarding animal ethics.

The 50,000-word report titled “Normalising the Unthinkable” is possibly one of the most comprehensive critiques of animal experiments to ever be published and finds that “[t]he deliberate and routine abuse of innocent, sentient animals involving harm, pain, suffering, stressful confinement, manipulation, trade, and death should be unthinkable.” The report also estimated that 115.3 million animals are used in experiments worldwide each year.

It is important that the ethics of animal experiments are discussed in a rational debate and that we do not shy away from such a crucial issue. This discussion will help clear up assumptions and false science that people have towards animal research and hopefully get more people thinking about what we do to these poor creatures on a day-to-day basis. Sign our petition to support this forum on animal rights.


Dear Mr. Andrew Linzey,

I am writing to thank you for hosting a summer school that will include a rational discussion on animal testing ethics and the horrible things we put them through each year. This forum will hopefully get more people thinking about alternatives we can use and clear up false assumptions about animal research.

A variety of perspectives will be heard at this panel, including those with historical, legal, psychological, and sociological backgrounds. This is important because we need to hear animal ethics debated from all perspectives in order to have a fully rational discussion on the issue.

The report titled “Normalising the Unthinkable” also estimated that 115.3 million animals are used in experiments worldwide each year. This number is much too high and we need to let others know that there are alternatives that can be used that do not change the science of experiments in any way. Animal experimentation is cruel and unnecessary, and it is time that we have a rational discussion on the matter.

Thank you for hosting this summer school that will bring attention to animal ethics. We need to spread the word that animals do not deserve to be treated so poorly.


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One Comment

  1. Vicky Cole says:

    Many people die from animal tested medication, side effects and long term results cannot be gleaned from animals even though some of the non human primates have endured pain and suffering for years, often confined in tiny cages. We are still stuck with old methods from an age when animal sentience was not recognised and animals were treated as machines. In addition, the fact that dangerous and toxic ingredients are still allowed in household products and routine medication whether or not they have side effects and dangerous indications for humans themselves, are still allowed.

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