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Today in History: Animal Rights

Posted by Gilbert Stack on December 10, 2018 at 5:05 AM

On this day (December 10) in 1907 London Medical Students rioted to protest a statue of a dog that was erected in protest of the practice of vivisection of animals by the medical school. The Brown Dog Affair began when famed medical researcher, William Bayliss, who discovered hormones, performed an illegal vivisection for 60 medical students. He and his students claimed the dog was properly anesthetized but the protesters (led by a group of Swedish feminists) claimed that the dog was conscious and struggling throughout the procedure. Bayliss successfully sued them for libel, but they responded by putting up the statue of a dog with a plaque reading: “Men and women of England, how long shall these Things be?” So much vandalism was done to the statue that a 24 hour police guard had to be placed on it. This inspired a thousand medical students to riot, requiring 400 policemen to calm things down. The statue was quietly removed and melted down to prevent future incidents.

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