Quotes on vivisection and animal testing

“My own conviction is that the study of human physiology by way of experiments on animals is the most grotesque and fantastic error ever committed in the whole range of human intellectual activity.” – Dr. GF Walker (in “Medical World” Dec 8, 1933)

“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.” – Clare Booth Luce (American writer of “The Women” and former ambassador to Italy; 1902-1987)

“Those who won’t hesitate to vivisect, won’t hesitate to lie about it as well.” – George Bernard Shaw

“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 people at the stake in the name of religion.” – Henry J. Bigelow, MD

“The reason why I am against animal research is because it doesn’t work. It has no scientific value. One cannot extrapolate the results of animal research to human beings, and every good scientist knows that.” – Robert Mendelsohn, M.D., (Late Professor of Pediatrics at the U. of Illinois, College of Medicine)

“I am not interested to know whether vivisection produces results that are profitable to the human race. 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.” – Mark Twain (1835-1910)

“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 for their cruelty.” – Leo Tolstoy

“Atrocities are no less atrocities when they occur in laboratories and are called ‘medical research’.” – George Bernard Shaw

“I abhor vivisection. It should at least be curbed. Better, it should be abolished. The whole thing is evil. Charles Mayo, MD (Founder of Mayo Clinic; 1865-1939)

“It seems to me of great importance to teach children respect for life. Towards this end, experiments on living animals in classrooms should be stopped. To encourage cruelty in the name of science can only destroy the finer emotions of affection and sympathy, and breed an unfeeling callousness in the young towards suffering in all living creatures.” Eleanor Roosevelt (Writer, diplomat, First Lady; 1884-1962)

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