Dr Robert Sharpe - Scientific Director
International Association Against Painful Experiments on Animals
Why animal experiments are irrelevant to the main factors which govern our health.
In recent years the use of animals in scientific, medical and industrial research has become a hotly contested issue. As a result the powerful vested interest groups, whose profits and livelihood depend on laboratory animals, have stepped up their campaign to ensure the survival of vivisection. Without animal experiments, it is claimed, there would be dire consequences: research would grind to a halt and we would still be living in the Dark Ages. But are the benefits really so great, or are they exaggerated for propaganda purposes? Indeed, would medical science be better off without animal research?