Recently in www.TheConversation.com Prof Gavin McNally of the University of New South Wales championed animal experimentation. In my response I discuss evidence of the poor social utility of animal experiments revealed by systematic reviews, as well as the shortcomings of Australia's regulatory system, and of animal ethics committees.
Knight A & McEwen F. Animals in research: against and for.’ Vet Practice [UK] 2012; 43(11): 39. Download (152 kb).
Dr Fiona McEwen, Vice-President of the Institute of Animal Technology, published an article: ‘Animal research: necessary evil ... or moral good?’ in the November issue of Veterinary Practice (43 (9): 20-21). These letters provided my critique, and the author’s response.