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Vers une abolition de la vivisection (Regarding the abolition of vivisection)

2013.10.02

AUTHOR: Laurence Harang, Doctor of Philosophy
TITLE: Vers une abolition de la vivisection [Regarding the abolition of vivisection]

PUBLICATION DATE: September 2013
PUBLICATION PLACE: dA web Center, September 2013

ABSTRACT

Vivisection and experimentation have always been the object of controversy, from Ancient Greece through the 19th Century with experimenters such as Bernard, Flourens, Magendie, until the private and public laboratories of the 20th Century. According to the commonly accepted definition, vivisection is a surgical operation performed on a sentient animal with the goals of acquiring knowledge. Evidently, two forms of experimentation must be distinguished: the first of these attempts to cure while the second attempts to increase knowledge. Certainly, for technical reasons, animal research has been mandatory since Nuremburg, giv0en that, invoking Enlightenment thought, citizens must be well informed and free to make decisions.
In this article, the author posits the thesis that vivisection can no longer be a necessary evil in the 21st Century. Science can effectively propose substitute methods. It is therefore essential in the name of respect and dignity of animals to put an end to this barbarian procedure that is vivisection.

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