The Animal Experimentation Debate
A Reference Handbook
by David E. Newton
May 2013, 322pp, 6 x 9
1 volume, ABC-CLIO

Hardcover: 978-1-61069-317-2
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Each year in the United States, millions of animals are utilized in scientific research.

Reviewing the topic from antiquity to the present day, this book examines the debate over the use of animals in research in a fair and balanced way.

The debate over the use of nonhuman animals in experimental research has gone on for centuries, and it continues as vigorously today as it ever has. In fact, in the last decade, the controversy has intensified, making animal testing a topic at the highest level of debate of any socioscientific issue in the United States. This book presents all sides of the issue so that readers can come to their own conclusions as to the morality and validity of animal experimentation, and provides biographies of individuals and descriptions of organizations that have been involved in the debate over the centuries. Additionally, it documents the historical shift in thinking that made animal experimentation commonplace between the time of the ancient Greeks and the 19th century, to the mindset of some who argue for an end to the practice and alternative ways of conducting medical experimentation to benefit human health.


  • Presents an introduction to the history of scientific research utilizing animals and a thorough review of current issues relating to animal experimentation
  • Provides perspectives in which stakeholders in the field outline and explain their personal views on animal testing
  • Supplies an extensive annotated bibliography of books, articles, reports, and online resources
  • Includes profiles of important individuals and organizations
  • Provides an outstanding resource for secondary school students, undergraduates, or general readers with an interest in medical and biological research or animal welfare
David E. Newton is the author of more than 400 textbooks, encyclopedias, workbooks, laboratory manuals, and other educational materials, primarily in the field of science and math. He is formerly a teacher of mathematics and science in the Grand Rapids, MI, public school system; professor of chemistry and physics at Salem State University; and adjunct professor at the University of San Francisco. Newton has written more than two dozen books for ABC-CLIO, covering topics including global warming, ozone depletion, gay and lesbian rights, energy, marijuana, vaccination issues, and drug abuse.


"Part of the Contemporary World Issues series, the volume will be of considerable interest to students of the history of science. . . . Recommended."—Choice, December 1, 2013

"A comprehensive resource for anyone interested in animal rights and research issues."—Library Journal, September 15, 2013

"This is a great reference source for high school students, undergraduates, and readers interested in animal welfare and medical research."—Booklist Online, August 28, 2013

"Concise, clearly written, and balanced, The Animal Experimentation Debate is a good choice for high school and academic libraries."—ARBA, August 1, 2013

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