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Argument: Animal testing may benefit human science, but costs human morals

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George Bernard Shaw - "Vivisection is a social evil because if it advances human knowledge, it does so at the expense of human character."[1]

Mahatma Gandhi - "I abhor vivisection with my whole soul. All the scientific discoveries stained with innocent blood I count as of no consequence."[2]

Schopenhauer - "The assumption that animals are without rights and the illusion that our treatment of them has no moral significance is a positively outrageous example of Western crudity and barbarity. Universal compassion is the only guarantee of morality."[3]

Thomas A. Edison - "Non-violence leads to the highest ethics, which is the goal of all evolution. Until we stop harming all other living beings, we are still savages."[4]

Romain Rolland, Nobel Prize 1915 - "To a man whose mind is free there is something even more intolerable in the sufferings of animals than in the sufferings of man. For with the latter it is at least admitted that suffering is evil and that the man who causes it is a criminal. But thousands of animals are uselessly butchered every day without a shadow of remorse. If any man were to refer to it, he would be thought ridiculous. And that is the unpardonable crime."[5]

William Ralph Inge - "Deliberate cruelty to our defenceless and beautiful little cousins is surely one of the meanest and most detestable vices of which a human being can be guilty."[6]

The German philosopher Immanuel Kant (1724–1804), argued in 1785, "cruelty to animals is contrary to man's duty to himself, because it deadens in him the feeling of sympathy for their sufferings, and thus a natural tendency that is very useful to morality in relation to other human beings is weakened."[7]

Axel Munthe (1857-1949), a famous Swedish physician and psychiatrist - "The wild, cruel animal is not behind the bars of a cage. He is in front of it."

Charles Darwin - "The love for all living creatures is the most noble attribute of man"[8]

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