Commercial Abuse

Observational evidence, scientific studies examining the reliability of animal tests in predicting human outcomes have repeatedly shown that they are no more accurate than tossing a coin. With a collective income of more than £300 billion in 2007 drug companies persist with these outdated and unreliable testing methods. "Making a Killing", downloadable for free from Animal Aid's website describes how drug companies profit from their practices, presented in a style understandable without specialist scientific knowledge.

"Making A Killing"
How Drug Company Greed Harms People and Animals
Author Toni Vernelli
Publisher Animal Aid August 2008 PDF (2,062 KB)
ISBN 978-1-905327-16-4



Animals Are Our Equals

Dolphin trilogy

These are the first two books of the trilogy, The Perfect Pair, based on real life experience of working with dolphins. They illustrate fundamental similarities between human and non-human animals with respect to sentience, emotions, empathy and communication and the errors of commercial exploitation of both humans and non-human animals.

The Perfect Pair: The Enchanted Mirror
Authors David C Holroyd with Tracy J Holroyd
Publisher Troubador Publishing
Publication date 1st August 2012
ISBN 9781780882352 (paperback), 9781780882369 (hardback)


The Perfect Pair: The Mirror Cracks
Authors David C Holroyd with Tracy J Holroyd
Publisher Troubador Publishing
Publication date 3rd February 2014
ISBN 9781783062775 (paperback), 9781783062782 (hardback)


The Perfect Pair: Shards from the Mirror
Authors David C Holroyd with Tracy J Holroyd
Publisher Troubador Publishing
Publication date 28th February 2016
ISBN 9781785890963 (paperback)


Our Children and Other Animals

The Cultural Construction of Human-Animal Relations in Childhood

Focusing on the socialisation of the human use of other animals as resources in contemporary Western society, this book explores the cultural reproduction of human-nonhuman animal relations in childhood. For more information and to buy the book see Ashgate - Our Children and Other Animals.

"Our Children and Other Animals"
Authors Matthew Cole and Kate Stewart
Publisher Ashgate Publishing
Publication date November 2014
ISBN 9781409464600 (hardback)




Science & Economics of Vivisection

These books analyse animal use in scientific research, providing an account of how animals are, and have been, used. They also expose the financial and human costs of vivisection on top of the cruelty to the animals used.

"FAQs About the Use of Animals in Science" gives information about the use of animals in research, accessible to readers without a scientific background.

"Animal Models in Light of Evolution" examines the scientific validity of the use of animal models to predict human responses in drug and disease research, using arguments drawn from biological and biomedical theory.

The Costs and Benefits of Animal Experiments
Author Andrew Knight
Publisher Palgrave Macmillan
Publication date May 2011
ISBN 9780230243927 (hardback), 9781137289681 (paperback)

FAQs About the Use of Animals in Science:
A Handbook for the Scientifically Perplexed
Author Ray Greek and Niall Shanks
Publisher University Press of America
Publication date January 2010
ISBN 0761848495

Animal Models in Light of Evolution
Author Niall Shanks, C. Ray Greek
Publisher Brown Walker Press
Publication date August 2009
ISBN 1599425025

"Vivisection or Science?"
An investigation into Testing Drugs and Safeguarding Health
Author Professor Pietro Croce
Publisher Zed books
Publication date 2000 (2nd edition)

"Sacred Cows and Golden Geese"
The Human Cost of Experiments on Animals
Authors C. Ray Greek, MD and Jean Swingle Greek, DVM
Publication date 2000
Publisher Continuum International Publishing Group
ISBN 0-8264-1226-2 or 0-8264-1402-8




Animal Psychology

Bats Sing, Mice Giggle: The Surprising Science of Animals' Inner Lives

Did you know that bats compose their own songs and babble to each other? Or that mice giggle when they are tickled? This work shows how animal friends keep in touch, and how they warn and help each other in times of danger; how some animals problem-solve more effectively than humans - and how they build, create and entertain themselves and others.

"Bats Sing, Mice Giggle: The Surprising Science of Animals' Inner Lives"
Authors Karen Shanor, Jagmeet Kanwal
Publication date 2010
Publisher Icon Books Ltd
ISBN 1848311303


Pleasurable Kingdom: Animals and the Nature of Feeling Good

Review by Anna
A lively discussion of the science of animal pleasure, aimed at all readers with or without prior knowledge. The author begins with the argument that if a behaviour has survival value, one good way to perpetuate it is for the animal to evolve to enjoy doing it - so evolutionary theory itself predicts that we should expect animals to be capable of enjoying life as humans are. It describes the features animals' brains, senses and behaviours share with ours, and recounts a wealth of cases - both formal studies and single observations - of animals apparently acting just for enjoyment, and which reveal far more complicated and rewarding lives than most of us realise.

The author unashamedly discusses the ethical consequences of these findings, and the book ends with a plea to psychologists to act on their own discoveries and adopt a way of working, that treats animals not as experimental material, but as free partners. A thoroughly enjoyable book!

"Pleasurable Kingdom: Animals and the Nature of Feeling Good"
Author Dr Jonathan Balcombe
Publication date 2006
Publisher Palgrave Macmillan
ISBN 1403986010


Animal Minds: Beyond Cognition to Consciousness

Review by Anna
A review of the research evidence for versatile thinking, learning and consciousness in animals, aimed at all readers with or without any prior knowledge of psychology. It's also a great introduction to the study of animal behaviour - all the main theories, controversies and psychological terms are explained, from "behaviourism" to "reflective consciousness" and "theory of mind", and we see the ways that have been found of testing these slippery questions. It was the first book I read on the subject, when I was about 13, and I was hooked. The book was first published in 1992; I'm glad to say that the study of animal intelligence is no longer such a scientific taboo as it was when Griffin wrote about it, though, sadly, actually acting on this information still seems some way off!

"Animal Minds: Beyond Cognition to Consciousness"
Author Professor Donald Griffin
Publication date 2001 (revised and expanded edition)
Publisher University of Chicago Press
ISBN 0226308650




Animals in Education

"From guinea pig to computer mouse"
Alternative methods for a progressive, humane education
Authors Nick Jukes BSc and Mihnea Chiuia MD
Publisher InterNICHE
Publication date January 2003 (updated February 2006), 2nd edition
ISBN 1-904422-00-4

"The Use of Animals in Higher Education"
Problems, Alternatives and Recommendations
Author Jonathan Balcombe Ph.D
Publisher Humane Society Press
ISBN 0-9658942-1-5



Philosophy & Older Publications

"The Extended Circle"
An Anthology of Humane Thought
Author John Wynne-Tyson
Publisher Cardinal
Publication date 1990
ISBN 0-7474-0633-2

"The Dreaded Comparison"
Human and Animal Slavery
Author Marjorie Spiegel
Publisher Mirror Books
ISBN 0-9624493-3-4

"1000 Doctors (and many more) Against Vivisection"
A wrong methodology was bound to cause ever new maladies including AIDS
Introduced by Hans Ruesch
Publisher CIVIS
Publication date 1989
ISBN unknown

"Animal Experimentation The Consensus Changes"
Editted by Gill Langley
Publisher MacMillan Press
Publication date 1989
ISBN 0-333-45382-4



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