An unnecessary evil?
- By: Anna Mead-Robson
Many people would feel uncomfortable knowing that the cosmetics they were using had undergone animal testing. But would you turn down medical treatment that had been tested on animals? And would you refuse to donate to a charity if you knew it funded animal research?
The United Kingdom’s largest animal rights group, Animal Aid, recently called on members of the public to stop donating to Cancer Research UK, the British Heart Foundation, the Alzheimer’s Society, and Parkinson’s UK. They claimed that these charities fund research that causes “appalling suffering” to animals, including mice, monkeys, pigs, and dogs.1
The move coincided with Animal Aid’s publication of Victims of Charity, a report on the use of animals in charity funded research.2 Adrian Stallwood, a doctor in accident and emergency, who coauthored the report, explains: “Our aim was to have a robust, carefully referenced critique of animal research. Until now the debate has