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
"Vivisection, for the purpose of class demonstration as practised abroad, cannot be too severely condemned. I am quite convinced that even at the present day in these islands an immense amount of needless and absolutely purposeless suffering is caused to dumb animals by so-called scientific enquiries."
Sir Thomas Myles CB, MD, FRCSI (1857-1937)
"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