Despite these cultural shifts and the British scientific community's empowerment through the AAMR and its support from continental Europe, I would argue that revulsion to French experimental physiology was still to be a central part of the antivivisection crusade during this period, and the image of the French vivisector
as a bloodthirsty sadist was to remain prevalent in humane advocacy.
In addition to vivisectors
such as Bernard, Victorian society also gave birth to legislation against animal cruelty, with the SPCA founded in 1824, the Vegetarian Society in 1847, and the antivivisectionist movement during the 1870s.
Equally telling is the fact that both artists have damaged but disturbingly prescient siblings (Rhoda the hunchbacked rodent/rose in The Vivisector
, and Hugh the dimwitted brother in Theft) who mirror the protagonists and articulate their unquenchable consciences.
have been unable to meet my challenge to find just one patient whose life had been saved by vivisection and who would not have been saved without it.
Also, because it cannot escape the semantic shadow of 'vindictive', it evokes the idea of the vivisector
god that has been posited for much of the novel.
The plight of the artist, which Malouf captures so keenly, was the subject of two earlier novels: Patrick White's The Vivisector
(1970), which follows the career of a fictional painter, and Thea Astley's The Acolyte (1972), which follows the career of a fictional composer.
Yet the only animal model for human disease is man himself, and the vivisector
is one such.
Combining the actions of graverobber, vivisector
, slaughterer and anatomist, Frankenstein condenses the set of objections to many practices involving dead bodies in his disgust for his occupation.
Scores of MPs joined in the Justice for Mickey campaign - protesting that the police and the Labour party are protecting a vivisector
who broke the law by leaving a mouse to suffer.
They all think it is wrong that Jack Straw is defending a vivisector
who left the mouse's head in a clamp.
They believe Home Secretary Jack Straw was wrong to defend the vivisector
who left a laboratory with Mickey the mouse's head in a clamp.
By allowing the vivisector
to infringe Acts of Parliament, the Home Secretary encourages others to ignore the plight of animals used for experimentation.