Last updated on: 12/11/2013 | Author: ProCon.org

Andrew Knight, PhD Biography

Title:
Veterinarian and Fellow of the Oxford Centre for Animal Ethics
Position:
Con to the question "Should Animals Be Used for Scientific or Commercial Testing?"
Reasoning:

“I analysed in detail 27 systematic reviews examining the contributions of animal experiments to human healthcare. Their outcomes are remarkably consistent. Animal studies rarely contribute to the development of clinical interventions effective in human patients.

It’s not hard to fathom why. Animals have a plethora of genetic, biochemical and physiological differences that alter disease progression, drug uptake, distribution and effect. Stressful environments and experiments are common, and distort outcomes. Additionally, numerous studies have revealed scientific flaws in the design of many animal experiments.”

“Animal Testing Isn’t Just an Ethical Problem – Let’s Invest in Safer Methods,” theguardian.com, July 12, 2012

Theoretical Expertise Ranking:
Experts
Individuals with PhDs, MDs, or equivalent advanced degrees in fields relevant to animal testing issues. Also top-level government officials (such as foreign leaders, US presidents, Founding Fathers, Supreme Court Justices, members of legislative bodies, cabinet members, military leaders, etc.) with positions relevant to animal testing issues.
Involvement and Affiliations:
  • Veterinarian
  • Fellow, Oxford Centre for Animal Ethics
  • European Veterinary Specialist in Welfare Science, Ethics and Law
  • Associate Professor of Welfare and Ethics and Director of Clinical Skills Laboratory, Ross University School of Veterinary Medicine (St. Kitts, West Indies)
  • Spokesperson, Animals Count (British political party)
  • Founder, Extreme Vegan Sporting Association
  • Runs multiple websites, including AnimalExperiments.info, HumaneLearning.info, and VegePets.info
  • Former Director, Animal Consultants International
  • Recipient, Best Poster Award, International Academic and Community Conference on Animals and Society: Minding Animals (Newcastle, Australia), 2009
  • Recipient, Poster Award, 13th Congress on Alternatives to Animal Testing, (Linz, Austria), 2006
  • Recipient, Best Poster Award, Conservation and Animal Welfare Conference (Lisbon, Portugal), 2006
  • Recipient, Animal Welfare Poster Award, Fifth World Congress on Alternatives and Animal Use in the Life Sciences (Berlin, Germany), 2005
  • Recipient, Inaugural World League for the Protection of Animals Award for the Promotion of Compassion for Animals, 2000
Education:
  • PhD, Griffith University (Queensland, Australia)
  • BSc/BVMS, Veterinary Biology, Murdoch University (Western Australia)
Other:
  • None found
Quoted in:
Pro & Con Quotes: Should Animals Be Used for Scientific or Commercial Testing?