Take the debate further
This section of the website contains resources that teachers, older students and university debaters can use to start exploring the ways animals are used in medical and scientific research and the controversies surrounding animal studies.
Check back for updates as we get closer to the debates in March.
Debatabase: This House would ban animal testing
idebate.org’s debatabase is a database of articles covering major contemporary debates and debate topics used in debating tournaments and debate training events. Each of debatabase’s 700-plus entries are structured in the same way – an introduction, giving a clear summary of the background to the debate and its core issues; points in favour of a motion, with corresponding counter-arguments; and points against that motion, with corresponding counter-arguments.
One of the most popular debates on the debatabase is “This House would ban animal testing”. It can be viewed by following the link below.
Debatabase: related debates
The debatabase contains two further articles on related subjects. “This House would ban the development of genetically modified organisms” discusses the increasing prominence of genetic engineering and selective breeding in animal research. “This House believes that animals have rights” explores some of the philosophical arguments that inform researchers' ethical guidelines and the campaigning activities of groups opposed to animal research. Click the links below to access the articles.
Textbook: The Practical Guide to Debating
The Practical Guide to Debating is IDEA’s newest manual on debating in the British Parliamentary debate format. In addition to explaining the BP format- currently the most popular and fastest growing format within the international debate community- The Practical Guide to Debating also contains advice and exercises for non-debaters who want to improve their understanding of argumentation and critical thinking.
The Practical Guide to Debating can be purchased as hard-copy book from IDEA’s website, and is also available as a free Creative Commons licensed PDF. Click the link below to download it.
This is a list of resources from our schools pack, which you may wish to read for some background.
There are of course plenty of other resources you can use, but you should be aware of potential biases. As such we have organised potential resources into for and against animal research.
For Animal Research
www.understandinganimalresearch.org.uk – Understanding Animal Research
Why are animals used in research? - http://www.understandinganimalresearch.org.uk/why/human-health
www.animalresearch.info – Animal Research Info
Timeline of medical advances - http://www.animalresearch.info/en/medical-advances/timeline/
Nobel Prizes and animal research - http://www.animalresearch.info/en/medical-advances/nobel-prizes/
www.speakingofresearch.com – Speaking of Research
Bad Science: myth and fact - http://speakingofresearch.com/extremism-undone/bad-science/
www.pro-test.org.uk – Pro-Test
Ethics of animal research - http://pro-test.org.uk/facts.php?lt=a
FAQ on use of animals in research - http://pro-test.org.uk/facts.php?lt=b
www.eara.eu – European Animal Research Association
Veterinary Medicine - http://eara.eu/en/animal-research/veterinary-medicine/
What have guinea pigs ever done for us? - http://www.guardian.co.uk/science/2005/sep/01/medicalresearch.health
Helping us beat cancer - http://scienceblog.cancerresearchuk.org/2011/06/21/animal-research-is-helping-us-beat-cancer/
Against Animal Research
www.peta.org - People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals
Alternatives to testing - http://www.peta.org/issues/animals-used-for-experimentation/alternatives-to-animal-testing.aspx
What is Animal Liberation? - http://www.peta.org/about-peta/learn-about-peta/ingrid-newkirk/animal-liberation/
www.animalaid.org.uk - Animal Aid
The case for an EU ban on primate experiments - http://www.animalaid.org.uk/images/pdf/euban.pdf
The scientific case for non-animal research http://www.animalaid.org.uk/images/pdf/factfiles/MEPnewsletter6.pdf
www.crueltyfreeinternational.org – Cruelty Free International
Arguments Against Testing - https://www.crueltyfreeinternational.org/why-we-do-it/arguments-against-animal-testing
Alternatives to Animal Testing - https://www.crueltyfreeinternational.org/why-we-do-it/alternatives-animal-testing
www.hsi.org - Humane Society International
Alternative Methods - http://www.hsi.org/issues/becrueltyfree/facts/alternative_methods.html
Animal Test Q & A - http://www.hsi.org/campaigns/end_animal_testing/qa/about.html
www.navs.org.uk – National Anti-Vivisection Society
Animal Experimentation – The Facts - http://www.navs.org.uk/about_vivisection/27/46/388/
Overlooking the Failings - http://www.huffingtonpost.co.uk/michelle-thew/overlooking-the-importanc_b_1123061.html
Animal research provides a flawed model, so why stop? - https://theconversation.com/animal-research-provides-a-flawed-model-so-why-not-stop-7890
Providing both sides: