Vivisection, viv'i-sek'shan, n. [< L. vivus, alive, and sectio, sectionis, a cutting.] The dissection of, or otherwise experimenting on, a living animal, esp. for the purpose of ascertaining or demonstrating some fact in physiology or pathology. -Websters Dictionary

"The average [West] German citizen today consumes about five times as many medicines as in the years immediately preceding the Second World War. Is he also five times healthier? Of course not. On average the West German population is far more frequently ill today than it was in those days... Unexpectedly, an industry which was created to heal diseases has become the starting point for new ailments."

Kurt Bluechel, Die Weissen Magier (The White Magicians), Bertelsmann Verlag, 1974, (page 257)

"I abhor vivisection with my whole soul. All the scientific discoveries stained with innocent blood I count as of no consequence."

Mohandas Gandhi (1869-1948), Indian philosopher and nationalist

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