New report condemns the use of animals in research

I am one of more than a hundred and fifty academics, intellectuals, and writers who have backed a new report calling for the de-normalisation of animal experimentation. Titled “Normalising the Unthinkable,” the report is the result of a working party of the Oxford Centre for Animal Ethics.

The report 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. Yet animal experimentation is just that: the ‘normalisation of the unthinkable.'”

Comprised of twenty leading ethicists and scientists, the working party concluded that animal experiments are both morally and scientifically flawed. The report of more than 50,000 words is probably the most comprehensive critique of animal experiments ever published.

“The moral arguments in favour of animal testing really don’t hold water,” says Professor Andrew Linzey, co-editor of the report and a theologian at Oxford University. “We have looked at the central arguments in official reports and found them wanting. If any of them were morally valid, they would also justify experiments on human beings.”

oxford-animalsThe full report can be found here. The executive summary can be found here. The full list of signatories can be found here.

This post is a slightly edited summary of a press release by the Oxford Centre for Animal Ethics.