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1895 – Discovery of X-rays

German physicist Wilhelm Rontgen is recognised as the first individual to study the properties of X-rays in 1895. Roughly a decade later, X-rays would be adopted as a medical tool to non-invasively observe patients. The ability to study a subject without the need for vivisection provided an important new alternate methodology to many animal studies. [...]

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1885 – Roux maintains embryonic chick cells in saline solution

The groundwork for modern tissue culture was established in 1885 by German Wilhelm Roux. An embryologist who studied developmental mechanics, Roux was curious about the evolutionary machinery at the cellular level. Roux’s work to isolate the medullary plate (a key structure in the developing nervous system) of a chicken embryo and sustain the cells’ viability [...]

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1876 – Cruelty to Animals Act passed in UK

In 1876 the UK passed the Cruelty to Animals Act, which directly highlighted the practice of using animals as test subjects, and outlined prosecution for those considered to be unlawfully experimenting. Key points of the Act include the importance for researchers to define the necessity for the use of animals as well as proper care [...]

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1875 – First anti-vivisection organisation in the UK

As the 19th Century progressed, awareness of the controversy surrounding animal testing extended from academic communities into public opinion. Civilian protests, public debates and general uneasiness spread as more knowledge of the conditions, cruelty, and procedures experimental animals were being exposed to was revealed. The first group to rally around the anti-vivisection cause was the National Anti-vivisection [...]

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1822 – First piece of law passed in UK specific to the protection of animals

The Cruel Treatment of Cattle Act, also referred to as Martin’s Act, was the first piece of animal welfare legislation passed by the United Kingdom Parliament. The act was put in place to prevent the cruel treatment of cattle, ox, cow, heifer, steer and sheep. Although it can be argued that this law was introduced because [...]

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1800s – Claude Bernard

The 19th Century French physiologist Claude Bernard, hailed as one of history’s prominent scientists, contributed to numerous fields of research, including originating the concept of homeostasis and the notion of  'blinding' experiments. He was also an avid vivisectionist whose discoveries would help advance knowledge of the digestive system, the workings of the pancreas and liver, as [...]

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1677 – van Leeuwenhoek’s early work on microscopy validated

Dutchman Antonie van Leeuwenhoek’s ground-breaking early work on microscopy and observations of single-celled organisms has him fondly referred to as the ‘Father of Microbiology’. A talented lens-maker and passionate naturalist, Leeuwenhoek pioneered the process of identifying microscopic organisms under his own hand-crafted microscopes. He referred to his findings as animaluculs. This paved the way for [...]

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1655 – Edmund O’Meera: Unnatural State

The first public questioning of the validity of vivisection on medical grounds occurred in the 16th and 17th centuries. Notably, the Irish physician Edmund O’Meara who stated that ‘the miserable torture of vivisection places the body in an unnatural state’…wherein…’all the juices are brought to flow together’ thus contradicting the results of the experimentation. This [...]

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130-216 – Galen of Rome: Exploratory Surgery

During the height of the Roman Empire it became clear to ancient physicians that in order to better understand how natural systems work; they must be studied in their living states. That is, through the process of vivisection, from the Latin words vivus (living) and sectio (cutting), researchers would have to operate on living animals [...]

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