We are now approximately half way into the Big Animal Research Debate the first results from the debates that have already taken place are beginning to trickle in.

The motion was This House Would ban all forms of animal research



Leeds Debating Union CARRIES the motion (4-0)

Middlesex University... Read more

While with a name like the Big Animal Research Debate (BARD) you might think that we only want debating societies you would be wrong. We want all sorts of societies. Lots of people have an interest in open debates and discussions on animal testing. And so we are not just looking for debating societies to host debates but societies involved in... Read more

There is now less than two weeks to go before the Big Animal Research Debate week which is from the 6th to 12th march. We currently have twelve societies signed up and several more likely to take part. There is however still plenty of time to get involved!

So why would you want to be involved?

First of all even if it is dispersed... Read more

iDebate and Understanding Animal Research are looking for participants to take part in our debates on animal research taking place from the 6th March. We want the Big Animal Research Debate to reach as many people as possible so we are open to anyone and everyone taking part. Whether you are interested in science and the research that goes into... Read more

Are animals necessary for research or would you ban animal research? Or are you open to persuasion? Perhaps you need a good debate resenting the main arguments on both sides to cement your views. If so then the Big Animal Research Debate is the thing for you. In October 2013 over 1900 people in 35 universities voted on whether ‘This House Would... Read more

Monkeys for experiments by Shpernik088 CC-BY-SA-4.0

On the 7th September, Sir David Attenborough was one of twenty-one signatories of a letter, published in the Independent, that called for... Read more

The UK Government released the Annual Statistics of Scientific Procedures on Living Animals Great Britain 2015 in July 2016, which... Read more

Pro-Test, set up in 2006, was a grass-roots movement that supported animal research, specifically a new Oxford animal laboratory that was the focus of many animal rights groups. Pro-Test encouraged members of the public, scientists and organisation to speak out in favour of the benefits that animal research has made. This year they celebrated... Read more

In July, Communities Secretary Greg Clark gave the go-ahead for a US-owned company to breed beagles at Grimston, near Hull, overturning the local planning inspector’s... Read more

The European Commission has rejected a European Citizens' Initiative (ECI) to phase out all animal testing in the EU. The Stop Vivisection petition, signed by over 1.2 million signatories,... Read more