`Why You Won't See
Me Debating Vivisection On TV, Or Read Articles By Me In The National Press.'
`Why You Won't See Me Debating Vivisection On TV, Or Read
Articles By Me In The National Press.' For well over a decade now I have been
very effectively banned from TV and radio programmes which discuss vivisection.
The ban was started after I won a series of television and radio debates
with vivisectors in the 1980s. Several of the programmes invited audience votes.
On behalf of the animals I won every single debate - arguing that vivisection is
never of value to people and never has been.
Vivisectors then stated that
they would no longer take part in programmes where I was also invited to be a
Even the Oxford Union once reneged on an invitation to
debate vivisection after the invited vivisectionists announced that they would
not debate with me.
When researchers working for TV companies do invite
me to take part in programmes the invitations are invariably withdrawn when the
programme makers discover that no vivisectors will take part if I am allowed
into the studios.
Sometimes the `invitation' never gets past from the
For example, on 14th September 2005 I received a letter
from Fernando Lucena, working for Windfall Films - a London based film
Mr Lucena told me that Windfall Films was developing a project
on vivisection for Channel 4.
`Unlike the vast majority of TV coverage
given to the Animal Rights subject,' he wrote, `our programme will touch this
controversial topic from the perspective of the anti-vivisection
`We will choose a candidate - who will probably be a GP or
somebody who works for a pharmaceutical company and supports vivisection - and
confront him/her with a series of challenges that will aim to change his/her
views by showing the other side's perspective.'
Mr Lucena told me that he
wanted my suggestions.
I made the following proposals:
1. The TV
company ask their pro-vivisection candidate to produce any patient whose life
they claimed had been saved as a result of vivisection. I would then explain
(preferably live on TV) why they were wrong and vivisection had not helped the
2. They produce any number of doctors and patients who claim
that animal experiments have produced useful treatments for any medical
condition (including heart disease, cancer, diabetes). I will then explain why
they are wrong - and why animal experiments have never produced any useful
treatments for any medical condition. I will do this live and with no prior
knowledge of the claims to be made.
3. They produce politicians who have
reneged on promises for a Royal Commission on vivisection. I will then put to
the politicians that it was their lies (and the failure of the democratic
process) which has resulted in the recent activities of animal rights supporters
which have so upset politicians and big companies.
4. I will name 50
drugs which are on the market in the UK but which cause serious problems (such
as cancer) when given to animals. (This proves that vivisection is pointless. If
a drug causes cancer in animals but is still given to people, what was the point
of `testing' the drug on animals in the first place.)
I have not heard
from Mr Lucena or Windfall Films. And I do not expect to hear from
In recent years the ban on me discussing vivisection has
successfully spread into newspapers and magazines. In the last two years I have
submitted numerous articles and letters on vivisection to national newspapers
and magazines. Every single submission has been rejected.
Why are the
vivisectors so frightened of me?
They know that
vivisection is unjustifiable. And they know that I can prove vivisection is
Copyright Vernon Coleman 2005