30 October at 7:00-9:00pm (subject to change)
Venue: Friends Meeting House, 12 Jesus Lane, Cambridge CB5 8BA
Hosted by Cambridge Young Greens
The University of Cambridge is notorious for its extensive use of animals in experiments. Last year alone, the University used nearly 170,000 animals in research – that’s over 450 every day (Home Office, 2014).
The animals used range from mice, rats, guinea pigs and fish to larger mammals like sheep, horses and primates.
The Cambridge Young Greens are hosting this iconic event which will see opposing scientists and political campaigners debate the issues surrounding the use of animals in experiments. It’s the first time something like this has taken place at Cambridge University outside of the student body…a real moment in history!
Is using animals a vital part of University research? Is it ever acceptable to use another being for scientific progress? Our panelists seek to outline their own perspectives on these questions…
The Panelists are:
FOR the use of animals –
Dr Stefano Plucino MD, PhD – Cambridge University Lecturer in Brain Repair. Honorary Consultant in Neurology. Wellcome Trust-Medical Research Council Stem Cell Initiative. Has used primates and rodents in his research, with a particular interest in central nervous system degenerative diseases like MS
Tom Holder BA Politics, Philosophy & Economics – Campaigns Manager at Understanding Animal Research. Founder of the campaign groups Pro-Test and Speaking of Research, which advocate the use of animals in scientific research
AGAINST the use of animals –
Dr Andre Menache BSc(Hons) BVSc MRCVS – Scientific Adviser for the Anti-Vivisection Coalition and CEO of Antidote Europe. Dr Menache currently sits on two animal ethics committees in Geneva and Belgium.
Dr Caroline Allen MA, VetMB, CertSAM, MRCVS – Clinical Director for a group of Veterinary Surgeons in London. Spokesperson and Policymaker for the Green Party’s animal issues.
We look forward to this exciting and historic event – please share widely and prepare questions!