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Some Thoughts on Vivisection – 26 March 2009
By Mary T. Hoffman

The following quotations about vivisection – the use of animals in experiments – are from three people who opposed this practice.

“I abhor vivisection. It should at least be curbed. Better, it should be abolished. I know of no achievement through vivisection, no scientific discovery, that could not have been obtained without such barbarism and cruelty. The whole thing is evil.”
– Dr. Charles Mayo (The Mayo Clinic)

“The excuse or toleration of cruelty upon any living creature by a woman is a deadly sin against the grandest force in nature – maternal love. In not a single instance known to science has the cure of any human disease resulted necessarily from this fallacious method of research.”
– Elizabeth Blackwell, M.D. (On January 11, 1849, she became the first woman to earn a medical degree in the United States, and graduated first in her class. Her sister Emily was the second woman graduate in medicine.)

“We need a boundless ethic which will include the animals also. The ethics of respect for life makes us keep on the lookout together for opportunities of bringing some sort of help to animals, to make up for the great miseries men inflict on them.”
– Albert Schweitzer, M.D. (Physician, Clergyman, winner of Nobel Peace Prize)

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