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Won't See Me Debating Vivisection On TV, Or Read Articles By Me In The National
by Dr Vernon Coleman MB ChB DSc
For well over a decade now I have been very effectively banned from TV and radio
programmes which discuss vivisection.
The ban was started after I won a series of television and radio debates with
vivisectors in the 1980s. Several of the programmes invited audience votes. On
behalf of the animals I won every single debate - arguing that vivisection is
never of value to people and never has been.
Vivisectors then stated that they would no longer take part in programmes where
I was also invited to be a contributor.
Even the Oxford Union once reneged on an invitation to debate vivisection after
the invited vivisectionists announced that they would not debate with me.
When researchers working for TV companies do invite me to take part in
programmes the invitations are invariably withdrawn when the programme makers
discover that no vivisectors will take part if I am allowed into the studios.
Sometimes the `invitation' never gets past from the first approach.
For example, on 14th September 2005 I received a letter from Fernando Lucena,
working for Windfall Films - a London based film company.
Mr Lucena told me that Windfall Films was developing a project on vivisection
for Channel 4.
`Unlike the vast majority of TV coverage given to the Animal Rights subject,' he
wrote, `our programme will touch this controversial topic from the perspective
of the anti-vivisection supporters.'
`We will choose a candidate - who will probably be a GP or somebody who works
for a pharmaceutical company and supports vivisection - and confront him/her
with a series of challenges that will aim to change his/her views by showing the
other side's perspective.'
Mr Lucena told me that he wanted my suggestions.
I made the following proposals:
1. The TV company ask their pro-vivisection candidate to produce any patient
whose life they claimed had been saved as a result of vivisection. I would then
explain (preferably live on TV) why they were wrong and vivisection had not
helped the patient.
2. They produce any number of doctors and patients who claim that animal
experiments have produced useful treatments for any medical condition (including
heart disease, cancer, diabetes). I will then explain why they are wrong - and
why animal experiments have never produced any useful treatments for any medical
condition. I will do this live and with no prior knowledge of the claims to be
3. They produce politicians who have reneged on promises for a Royal Commission
on vivisection. I will then put to the politicians that it was their lies (and
the failure of the democratic process) which has resulted in the recent
activities of animal rights supporters which have so upset politicians and big
4. I will name 50 drugs which are on the market in the UK but which cause
serious problems (such as cancer) when given to animals. (This proves that
vivisection is pointless. If a drug causes cancer in animals but is still given
to people, what was the point of `testing' the drug on animals in the first
I have not heard from Mr Lucena or Windfall Films. And I do not expect to hear
In recent years the ban on me discussing vivisection has successfully spread
into newspapers and magazines. In the last two years I have submitted numerous
articles and letters on vivisection to national newspapers and magazines. Every
single submission has been rejected.
Why are the vivisectors so frightened of me?
They know that vivisection is unjustifiable. And they know that I can prove
vivisection is unjustifiable.
Copyright Vernon Coleman 2005