Book review: Vivisection or science? An investigation into testing drugs and safeguarding health
- By: Rhona MacDonald
If you think that antivivisectionists are just fanatical arsonists, weird hippies, or old ladies who feed stray cats, then think again.
In this disturbing and thought provok. ing book, Professor Pietro Croce, an Italian scientist who used to experiment on animals himself, explains why he now believes this is unethical. Surprisingly, this view is not based onhis love of animalsbut rather his “concern for the health of other human beings.”
His main argument is that using animals as an experimental model for humans is methodologically flawed and unscientific and has led to many people being harmed or even killed. He gives many examples of this, including the case of thalidomide. This drug was first prescribed to pregnant women in 1957 and marketed as a harmless tranquilliser. In 1961, after “repeated and rigorous animal experiments,” the British company Distillers distributed the drug around the world resulting in the birth of thousands