AFMA is frequently accused of being an animal rights group. We are not, and have explained why on numerous occasions (see AFMA is frequently identified as an animal rights group. Why?) but if our accusers have no scientific facts with which to refute our position, they will continue to resort to ad hominem attacks and attempt to distort out positions using any means necessary. But there can be no denying that AFMA intersects with the animal protection movement in certain areas and on certain issues.
This new section of the website will address issues raised by the animal rights (AR), animal welfare (AW), and animal protection (AP) movements and or by individuals associated with those movements. (We will refer to the AR, AW, and AP collectively as the animal protection movement or animal protectionists.) Animal protectionists frequently say things related to science that AFMA feels the need to comment on; to refute, support, or put in context.
These essays are meant for the animal protectionists. While AFMA realizes others will read it and quote parts of it out of context, AFMA wants to make very clear that the following is meant for specific groups with very specific concerns and hence AFMA’s comments should be understand in that context.
(This essay is designed to be read after the essay "What is needed in order to end vivisection?")
New AFMA Leaflets are Available for Downloading
AFMA is frequently approached by animal activists asking for leaflets to hand out at demonstrations. It is difficult to put complex science into a leaflet but we have put together four leaflets that you can download and print off in black and white. We state in the leaflets where more information can be found and that leaflets are not scientific articles from peer review journals. But we are satisfied that we have remained true to the science while making the information accessible to the nonscientist. So here they are. The leaflets can be downloaded as pdf files and printed out using two-sided printing. Some printers may require adjustments to setting page scaling none. Please let us know if you see typos or other errors so we can correct them.
Drs Ray and Jean Greek outlined what appears to be society's view of animals used in basic research in their article, "Is the use of sentient animals in basic research justifiable?" which was published in Philosophy, Ethics, and Humanities in Medicine.