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Sacred Cows And Golden Geese - The Human Cost of Experiments on Animals

C.Ray Greek, MD  and Jean Swingle Greek, DVM,     2000    Continuum  

Foreword by Jane Goodall                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                         

The first book to demonstrate, in detail, that reliance on  vivisection is not necessary. It is expensive, inaccurate and detrimental to the very species it professes to help- humankind.

Specious Science- How Genetics And Evolution  Reveal Why Medical Research On Animals Harms Humans

C.Ray Greek, MD and Jean Swingle Greek, DVM,        2002   Continuum

An unassailable case against the animal model as a logical and scientific basis for progress in modern medicine. The day is dawning for public outrage at the waste of research funds on outmodish and outlandish animal-based techniques that belong as footnotes in a history book.

Brute Science  -Dilemmas Of Animal Experimentation      Hugh LaFollette and Niall Shanks, 1996   Routledge

Thorough investigation and expose of the weaknesses in both the standard defence and standard criticisms of vivisection.


Animal Experimentation  -  A Harvest Of Shame"       Moneim A. Fadali,  MD, 1996
Hidden Springs Press

Dr. Fadali is a practising Vascular and Cardiothoracic surgeon.  From this standpoint he examines vivisection and the problems it has caused for both doctors and patients. He takes us through 2,000 years of medical history to show that vivisection has done nothing to advance, and much to retard, the growth of modern medical procedures and knowledge. It is an important contribution to the growing weight of published evidence which reveals the sham of vivisection.
In the chapter entitled "Vivisection Did Not Advance Medicine"  he states "The claim that we owe most of our advances and breakthroughs in medicine to vivisection is false."  Then goes on to set the record straight about  the origins of , for example, X-rays, heart function, anticoagulants, anaesthesia, etc.  
Amongst the ten more breakthroughs  Dr. Fadali lists which were made without animal research are: the understanding of human anatomy and physiology, isolation of the AIDS virus and the discovery of the mechanism of AIDS transmission , the relationship between smoking and cancer  and  the production of humulin, a synthetic copy of human insulin.

Lethal Laws   Alix Fano     1997
Zed Books Ltd,  London and New York

“Lethal Laws" is a thoroughly documented, scientific indictment of the current addiction to animal testing and makes a compelling case for companies to wake up to the non-animal technologies that exist and get off the animal testing treadmill. Alix Fano provides a meticulous analysis of the technical and scientific problems that have plagued animal tests for decades , but which have not been forcefully challenged until now. She shows how animal testing has been used as an alibi to allow the continued use of thousands of toxic chemicals. The book demonstrates the causal link between animal testing and environmental degradation, and the subsequent deterioration of human health.

Naked Empress Or The Great Medical Fraud    Hans Ruesch, 1992

CIVIS Publications
Fondazione Hans Ruesch
Via Accademia 19,1-20131,Milan, Italy

"The heads of the Chemical-Medical-Vivisection Kombinat, the Institutes of Health in all the industrialised, profit-oriented countries, the mediamakers dependent on petrochemical advertising or proprietors, and the leaders of the old-established animal welfare societies are all partners in the monstrous conspiracy, designed to keep any evidence of the disastrous effects of a veterinary-based medicine under wraps, safe from public exposure."
This expose shows how the public has been brainwashed into equating medical care with health. Practically no public funds go into prevention because there is no money to be gained with it. The big money is all in the pseudo "Research", done on millions of animals, which can only give fallacious answers, and in the treatment of patients with the violent, destructive, but immensely lucrative therapies imposed by official medicine.
Not more chemicals, but fewer chemicals, not an increase in drugs, but a drastic reduction of drugs, not a multiplication of animal experiments, but a total abolition of all such "alibi" experiments, are the inescapable premise for a betterment of living conditions and an improvement of public health. The book brings ample proof of this, besides unearthing some information that many powerful individuals in America and abroad would prefer to keep buried forever.

Slaughter Of The Innocent      Hans Ruesch, 1983

The mighty and redoubtable Hans Ruesch deserves a special tribute for creating a whole world movement of scientific anti-vivisectionism thanks to this book. The late Dr. Walter R. Hadwen was the first to state repeatedly and unequivocally that the battle against vivisection can only be won if it is fought scientifically. Hans Ruesch, writer and medical historian, advanced the movement further by focusing on the tremendous dangers of vivisection for humankind and by highlighting those AV organisations that, either through infiltration, treachery or sheer intellectual laziness, refused to argue the AV case scientifically.

1000 Doctors Against Vivisection   Hans Ruesch, 1989
CIVIS Publications

"Reforms are started by fierce individualists, by heretics, deserters from the herd, by fearless and therefore always small minorities. The advocates of an abolition of vivisection on medical grounds, of which a goodly number are listed in this work, today still represent a minority . But what does it signify? Wisdom is not found by counting noses. Most of what he whole world now admits to be true or takes for granted, and most great social reforms which have proved immensely beneficial were originally advocated by a small, derided minority -sometimes a minority of one."
All the doctors cited in this book contribute to the disqualification of the vivisectionist method as being cruel, misleading, unscientific, and counterproductive. Quotations range from 1824 to 1988 and include contributions from both unknown  and prominent members of the medical profession.

Civis   - Series of International Foundation Reports by Hans Ruesch

Civis -  Bulletins Nr. 1 (1983) & Nr.2  - Infiltration  (1988)

Civis - Answers Questions on Vivisection   -by Hans Ruesch , 1998
UKAVIS Publications

Experiments On Animals: Useless And Cruel   by Dr. Walter R. Hadwen, 1914
UKAVIS Publications
PO BOX 4746

Undoubtedly the foremost British scientific AV medical doctor of the early decades of this century, Dr. Hadwen had the courage, commitment, insight and knowledge to insist on fighting the AV battle, not solely along moral lines but on the scientific/medical front too as he knew that this was the only approach likely to yield ultimate victory. He was a total abolitionist. Dr. Hadwen was equally against the ‘need’ to search for ‘alternatives’ to vivisection. The "Dr . Hadwen Trust for Humane Research" is in flagrant disregard of his condemnation of  "constructive anti-vivisection" ( now called "alternatives").
Dr. Hadwen wrote:
" We are being constantly urged to wander off into various bypaths to the neglect of the main issue….. We are frequently told that we fail in progressiveness because we decline to support or initiate methods of treatment intended to take the place of those derived from and sustained by vivisection. We are assured that vivisection should be supplanted by substitutes, and that until we can present some system that will effectually take its place, our campaign will be  a failure."

The search for "alternatives"  is claimed to be carried on by a number of organisations for "humane research" and the funding is supplied by the tax payer, industry and those AVs who still believe that vivisection will, step by step, eventually be brought to an end by supporting such enterprises. The Lord Dowding Fund for Humane Research  was told flatly by the Government that the "alternatives"   would have to be tested on animals to see if they were indeed alternatives.

Dirty Medicine   Martin J. Walker, 1993 ,  Slingshot Publications

This well-researched book by an investigative journalist gives a history of the worldwide attacks on complementary and alternative medicine which started in the last century.
It exposes many of the secrets and mysteries that multinational drug companies would rather remain hidden. In 1987 the Wellcome Foundation obtained a license for the drug known as AZT, heralded by the media and marketed by Wellcome as the answer to the AIDS epidemic. With the marketing of AZT, the campaign against alternative medicine was suddenly transformed from an academic dispute to a war. Dirty tricks, industrial sabotage and character assassination replaced normal business and scientific practice. Under the guise of government regulation, big business, science and medical orthodoxy defended their products and profits from competition.
"New ideas are disputed by those with both altruistic and mercenary motives. Progress, however, is like the statues which  Michelangelo described as trapped within his blocks of marble: it will eventually be released."

Vivisection Or Science- A Choice To Make          Prof. Pietro Croce, MD, 1991
Civis Publications

" The vehemence of the opposition to a theory is often  a good indication of its significance."

" Animal tests themselves have never had to be validated, yet the establishment demands inordinate validation of non-animal alternatives. This is a frustrating fact , but it only slows down and does not prevent the progress of compelling new technology."

"It is easy to forget just how often the ‘impossible’ has been achieved by people working in small ways,  each adding their drop to the cup, for example, the collapse of apartheid, the end of colonial rule in India, the restoration of democracy in Europe."

"It is argued that humans are the most important species on earth and therefore have the right to vivisect. Are the pro-vivisectionists really saying  that we should be less considerate of those who appear to have a lower intellectual ability? This shameless logic would justify experimenting on mentally deficient human beings"

In his book , Prof. Croce discusses experiments on human beings, which is on the increase: on elderly or terminal patients, living fetuses, kidnapped children, the military, illegal aliens, blacks and the mentally defective. Part Two describes the use of scientific methods, for example, computers, "in vitro" methods and others.

"Its (vivisection) influence has been powerful because it gave the illusion of being a short cut to clinical and anatomical/pathological observation. It is an illusion welcomed in these hectic days of the idolatry of Formula One and of travel by Concorde. It is like someone who, seeking a short cut through an unknown forest, cannot even find his way back home."

Vivisection Or Science- An Investigation Into Testing  Drugs  And Safeguarding Health   Dr. Pietro Croce,  Zed Books , 1999

(revised and updated version)


Animal Research Takes Lives-Humans And Animals BOTH  Suffer   Bette Overell, 1993

Produced for The NZ Antivivisection Society, PO Box 9387, Christchurch, NZ

The dedication reads, "Fourteen years’ continuous struggle for justice through the legal system having revealed every legitimate channel systematically closed against  us - this book is dedicated to the brave men and women who challenge such injustice through civil disobedience."
It exposes suppressed facts such as the growing medical movement against animal experimentation, the injustice of the peer review system whereby animal experimenters make their own laws and regulate their own activities, and the colossal profits and academic advantages being made from the industry.
Its contents are constrained to rebutting the claims made in Animal Research Saves Lives, a booklet distributed throughout NZ in 1990 by  MAF, part of a cleverly orchestrated campaign to combat the growing abolitionist movement.
There are chapters dedicated to numerous specific diseases including polio, smallpox, rabies and measles. Vaccinations are discussed along with thalidomide, cancer, AIDS , heart surgery, etc. There  is information about drugs and the law , diseases of cats and dogs, the vivisection industry and endangered species.
"Without exception the advocates of abolition quoted in this work, and even in the vivisectors themselves, who unwittingly time and time again give a good case for abolition, do so on the grounds that vivisection creates medical catastrophe. The writer has not discovered a single doctor’s comment which condemns animal experiments because they are  cruel or infringe the rights of animals. Perhaps they believe such considerations are self-evident. In every instance doctors condemning vivisection do so because of their concern about human health and the great dangers arising from basing it on the false premise of animal experiments. I am indebted to these  pioneers and forerunners of the truth, who, having the courage to step out of line and speak against commonly-held beliefs based on bigotry and brain-washing, fall into the category of Galileo and Sammelweiss, the former because he insisted the earth was round and not flat and the latter because he ordered doctors to wash their hands before examining women in childbirth. Because of the courage of present-day doctors defecting from the established school of thought that vivisection brings health, it is now only a matter of time before the institutionalised practice of using animals and people as alibis to camouflage, sanitise and float despicable businesses in order to beget tainted profits, is recognised as the international conspiracy that it is , and overthrown."

NZAVS (which Bette founded) has put the whole book (and the
background to the pamphlet that started it, and the reaction to her book) on
the net
The index page to the site is 


Science On Trial     Dr. Robert Sharpe, 1994
Awareness Publishing Ltd., PO Box No. 533
Sheffield SII 9YU

"Science on Trial" presents a powerful body of evidence documenting the failures, misleading results and missed opportunities of animal research, citing over a hundred examples.
"Disasters, such as unforeseen fatal drug side effects, are never connected to the ‘safety’ testing methods which delivered them into our hands."
"If there is to be a more enlightened future, pressure for reform must be combined with a new generation of scientists who no longer regard animals as the disposable tools of research"

Vivisection Unveiled      Tony Page, PhD,  1996
UKAVIS Publications  
PO Box 4746
London SE11 4XF

"…..there must be some overriding scientific reason as to why these little rodents are chosen. Do they, for instance, possess metabolic and physiological processes which are uncannily well- matched to human ones? Are they anatomically the same as us? Do they possess the same psychology, the same social structures and interactions as ourselves? Why are they so widely used? chief among the highly scholarly and scientific reasons why rats are so widely used is because they are cheap, small, and easy to pick up!"

Dr. Page describes in detail how there are so many differences even between different species of monkey, that results from one type of monkey cannot even be applied to another type. Hence claims that veterinary medicine benefits from animal experiments are given the lie.
A valuable addition to the growing mountain of scientific AV literature.

The Use Of Animals In Medical Research:  The Wrong Path  Dr. Tony Page, 1996
UKAVIS Publications

A booklet aimed at teenagers which seeks to put the medical and scientific case against the use of animals in medical research. It is written in question and answer form, for example:
"QUESTION: Can we cure human cancer by experimenting on animals?
ANSWER: No. Animals do not get the same kinds of cancer as us- the cancer in laboratory animals tends to be in different parts of the body from human cancer, and it usually does not spread to different organs or body sites, as it does with humans. Also, cancer drugs tested on animals frequently do harm to people- or simply fail to do much good. One researcher, Dr. Albert Braverman, said in The Lancet medical journal in 1991 that chemotherapy meets with……" almost invariable  failure".  These useless chemicals were of course thought to be effective after being tested on animals. Moreover, chemical substances that cause cancer in humans often do not cause it in lab animals. When one researcher tested out on animals 19 chemicals that cause cancer in humans, he found that only 7 of the 19 caused  cancer in animals - that is, a success rate of 36.8%. If you got that score in an exam, you would fail. The researcher, Dr. David Salsburg, even said that we would be better off tossing a coin and guessing which substances cause cancer in humans rather than using animals- at least then we would be right 50% of the time (a better result than we get from animal tests!). "
" Change comes about when enough people make enough fuss and Parliament cannot ignore it. That is how slavery was abolished. The law gets changed when enough people make a clamour".  

Vivisection -Science Or Sham  Roy Kupsinel, MD, 1990
Published by PRISM, (People for Reason in Science and Medicine)
PO Box 1305
Woodland Hills
CA 91365
Vivisection- Science Or Science Fiction, 1990
by the PRISM Investigative Committee for Consumer Health
Animal Experimentation And Human Medicine, 1995

Why Animal Experiments Must Stop       Vernon Coleman        1994
Betrayal Of Trust                                                                      1994
Fighting For Animals                                                                 1994
How To Win Debates With Vivisectors                                     1992
Animal Rights   Human Wrongs                                                 1999

The Brown Dog Affair   Peter Mason, 1997
Two Sevens Publishing
30 Wynter St.
London SW11 2TZ

Cardiac Arrest  Emil Levin, MD & Diane Danielson, 1991

Animals In Medical Research: A Necessary Evil?     1996

The Pharmaceutical Drug Racket   1993

Animal Experimentation: The Hidden Cause Of Environmental Pollution? Absolutely!   Hoorik Davoudian

Cancer, Cure And Cover-Up  Patrick Rattigan , ND,  1993
1 Quarry Bank Rd


Cancer Epidemic -A Question Of Survival   P. Rattigan, 1996

Genetic Engineering  Dream Or Nightmare?  The Brave New World of Bad Science And Big Business

Dr. Mae- Wan Ho, 1998 , Gateway Books

Scientific Fraud Vs. Scientific Truth: The Establishment Is The Enemy Of The Enterprise

Irwin D. Bross, PhD,  1991,  Civitas, Box 26, Swain , NY 14884-0026

The Medical  Mafia      Guylaine Lanctot, MD,     1995       Here’s the Key

Psychology Experiments On Animals-  A Critique of Animal Models of Human Psychopathology  Brandon  Reines, DVM,  1982, NEAVS

Heart Research on Animals – A Critique of Animal Models of Cardiovascular Disease  Brandon Reines,  DVM, 1985, NEAVS

‘Alcoholic Rats’ (and other alcohol research using animals) - a critique   Murry Cohen, MD and Constance Young, 1989, NEAVS


Problem Drugs by Andrew Chetley. The book is absolutely excellent.
The book deals with many drug scandals/drug problems/problem drugs and was
published by (amongst others) Zed Books Ltd and Stirling Books (1996).

The folks bringing the class action would have to be naive in the
extreme to not realize a major corporation of virtually any type was not
using a PR firm. It's important to get this info out, anybody truly
concerned should read minimally "Toxic Sludge is Good For You, Lies,
Damn Lies and the Public Relations Industry" and "Trust us, we're
experts: How Industry manipulates Science and Gambles with your Future"
by John Stauber and Sheldon Rampton, ISBNs 1-56751-060-4 and
1-58542-059-X: <>

Dr H.M. Pappworth - Human Guinea Pigs (Pelican Books, London 1969).

Scientists For Global Responsibility have produced their new booklet
'Ethical Careers in Science & Technology' and it is available at:
See page 22  'Ethics and Animal Experimentation' by Gill Langley - rather a
disappointing piece promoting the 3Rs.

The Betrayed booklet is now online.
It can be accessed at It has 700+ pages and over 900



Human Trials: Scientists, Investors, and Patients in the Quest for a Cure
by Susan Quinn
©2001 Perseus Books,
Cambridge, MA.

In the summer of 1997 one of the UKs biggest suppliers of dogs for
vivisection was closed by public pressure. Hundreds of dogs were released
into the hands of sanctuaries and rehoming organisations to begin their long
road to a normal life.
Last year a book was compiled bringing together the tales of these dogs in
the aftermath of Consort's closure. It costs £4.50, 100% of which goes
directly to the campaign to close HLS.
If you want a copy of this historic book, contact Pat at:

"I am absolutely convinced that so long as people shed the blood
of God's creatures, there'll be no peace on earth."
             --Isaac Bashevis Singer
The cover of ETERNAL TREBLINKA: Our Treatment of Animals and the Holocaust,
by Charles Patterson, is now posted on the book's website:



The Controlled Clinical Trial: An Analysis - By Harris L. Coulter PhD - Review of the book of the same name, in which the author critically examines the usefulness of randomised clinical trials. His thorough research reveals why the "controlled clinical trial" (CCT) cannot guarantee drug safety and efficacy.


Can Human Medicine Be Based On Veterinary Medicine? - By Javier Burgos, SUPRESS/The Nature of Wellness - Outlines basic arguments on why animal-based research is counter-productive to human medicine.


A Critical Look at Animal Experimentation - By Medical Research Modernization Committee - The animal research community wishes the public to equate animal experimentation with medical progress, but increasing numbers of scientists and clinicians are challenging animal experimentation on scientific grounds.


DBAE's[ DLRM ]Third International Scientific Congress - For the first time, lawyers joined doctors to seriously question the validity of animal experimentation in relation to human health at Doctors in Britain Against Animal Experiments's Third International Scientific Congress, London, 10 May 1995.


Why a Coalition of Doctors and Lawyers? -Doctors and Lawyers for Responsible Medicine, an alliance of medical and legal professionals, was formed out of Doctors in Britain Against Animal Experiments's 1995 international scientific Congress, at which medical speakers were joined by lawyers.


Cancer Research - A Super Fraud? - By Robert Ryan BSc, CAFMR - Have you ever wondered why, despite the billions of dollars spent on cancer research over many decades, and the constant promise of a cure which is forever "just around the corner", cancer continues to increase?


Oink if You Are For Organ Transplantation -By Javier Burgos, SUPRESS/The Nature of Wellness - Argues against the madness of transplantation in general, and xeno-transplantation, or interspecies transplantation, in particular.


Baboon-to-Human Bone Marrow Transplant: Another Bloody Mess - By Hoorik Davoudian BSc, SUPRESS/The Nature of Wellness - Explains the absurdity and hopelessness of this FDA approved experiment.


A Guide to The Problems With Animal-to-Human Organ Transplants - By Alix Fano MA, Murry J. Cohen MD, Marjorie Cramer MD, Ray Greek MD, and Stephen R. Kaufman MD, Medical Research Modernization Committee - There have been some 55 animal-to-human whole organ transplants attempted since 1906. All have proven unsuccessful, resulting in the suffering and death of all patients and donor animals.


Doctors and Lawyers Unite to Oppose Transgenic Transplants - Doctors and Lawyers for Responsible Medicine called for a moratorium on transgenic transplants.


Why Do Pharmaceutical Drugs Injure and Kill? - By Robert Ryan BSc, CAFMR -Deaths due to the intake of pharmaceutical drugs have reached epidemic proportions. Is this because drugs are fraudulently tested?


Slow Learners Or What? - Excerpted from the New York Times - Environmental regulation in the United States has been thrown into question after the National Institute of Environmental Health Services found upon reviewing their animal tests that these were inappropriate in identifying health hazards because chemicals frequently have wholly different effects between animals and humans.


Animal Experimentation: The Medico-Legal Alibi - Dr André Menache, speaking at the 10th World Congress on Law and Medicine, held at Jerusalem, Israel on 29 August, 1994.


How Scientific are the ANU Monkey Experiments? By Robert Ryan, CAFMR - A refutation of the scientific validity of primate experiments carried out the Australian National University.


ANU Monkey Experiments: Science Or Science Fiction - By Robert Ryan, CAFMR - More on the unscientific ANU monkey experiments.


Critique of NonHuman-Primate Research At Yerkes: A Summary - By Murry J. Cohen MD, Stephen R. Kaufman MD, and Brandon P. Reines MD, Medical Research Modernization Committee - Those who experiment on nonhuman primates have grossly exaggerated the role of nonhuman-primate studies in medical progress and significantly minimized the misleading data that results.


A Critique of Maternal Deprivation Monkey Experiments at The State University of New York Health Science Center - By Murry J. Cohen MD, Medical Research Modernization Committee - The relevance and importance of maternal deprivation monkey experiments continue to be scientifically debated because of conceptual and methodological flaws in the experimental design.



Ask This Child's Mother What She Thinks of Animal Research - By CAFMR - Thalidomide, a drug responsible for over 10,000 birth defects, is further proof that animal testing cannot guarantee drug safety.


The Thalidomide Tragedy: Another Example Of Animal Research Misleading Science - By John Lesso, CAFMR - With the recent appearance of Thalidomide's dreadful effects being passed on to the children of the drug's victims, once again the issue has been raised of whether the drug tragedy in the 1960's could have been predicted and thereby averted by the manufactures' original animal tests.


Shortcomings of AIDS-Related Animal Experimentation - By Stephen R. Kaufman MD, Murry J. Cohen MD, and Steve Simmons, Medical Research Modernization Committee - Animal experimentation consumes much of the funding for research aimed at addressing the AIDS epidemic. The Medical Research Modernization Committee has identified fundamental scientific problems with animal experimentation in general and AIDS-related animal experimentation in particular.


Lethal Medicine    1997
Hidden Crimes      1986

Supress Inc /The Nature of Wellness
PO Box 10400
CA 91209-3400


Civitas, Box 26, Swain, NY 14884-0026