From the November/December 1981 edition of Outrage!
journal of Animal Aid:
The following letter dated 19 May 1980, was received by one of
our branch members after she had written to the Bishop of Salisbury
concerning the experiments that are performed on live animals at the
Porton Research Establishments.
FROM THE BISHOP OF SALISBURY
Salisbury SP1 2QB
I acknowledge your letter of 12th May.
I hope you will forgive me saying so, but you clearly have no
accurate knowledge of what is being done at Porton.
I am always puzzled that when so many human beings are homeless,
so many human beings are dying, sometimes slowly from incurable
diseases which cause them and their loved ones great pain; any
attempt by such places as Porton to find a cure, is the subject of
seemingly outraged comment, because an experiment may inevitably
have to be performed on some small animal.
I cannot but feel that a Christian, as always, has to exercise a
sense of judgement and proportion. All cruelty is unchristian, but
judgements have to be made.
Bishop of Salisbury