Bias During the Evaluation of Animal Studies?
Oxford Centre for Animal Ethics, 91 Iffley Road, Oxford OX4 1EG, UK
Received: 8 February 2012 / Revised: 22 February 2012 / Accepted: 22 February 2012 / Published: 23 February 2012
Animal experimentation evokes strong emotional responses in people on both sides of the debate surrounding its ethical status. However, the true level of its usefulness to society may only be discerned by careful examination of reliable scientific evidence. My recent book, The Costs and Benefits of Animal Experiments, reviewed more than 500 relevant scientific publications. Recently in this journal, however, a reviewer essentially accused me of bias. Yet the conclusions of my book are based on sound reasoning and strong evidence, and no critic has yet provided any substantive evidence to refute them.