Excerpt from The Vivisection Question
I. By Vivisection is meant experimentation of any kind, painful or painless, made upon a living creature for an alleged scientific purpose.
II. Within certain limitations and to a certain extent, the utility of animal experimentation makes it justifiable and right.
III. The abuses to which the practice is liable are so great, that vivisection should be regulated by law, and placed under the control and supervision of the State.
In order to prove need of the legal regulation here advocated, it has been necessary to refer to cruelties and abuses, incident to the practice as now carried on. The revelation of these has induced criticism; but I cannot see how otherwise, there could be adduced any proof of necessity for legal control.
In one respect, the task made necessary by controversy on this subject has been exceedingly distasteful. It is by no means a pleasant literary employment to point out the inaccuracies or to demonstrate the blunders made bv men of national repute in their opposition to the regula tion of experimentation. But no fact is more clearly apparent than that too eager laudation of vivisection without control has evoked a carelessness of statement.
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