London. After fifteen debates across five countries, the Big Animal Research Debate is now half way through its schedule of 30 debates on the motion "This House would ban all forms of animal research".
Organised by IDEA UK in cooperation with the UK-based non-profit organisation Understanding Animal Research, the Big Animal Rights Debate is an unprecedented attempt to raise awareness and deepen understanding of the issues surround the use of animals in medical and scientific research.
The Big Animal Research Debate has received the support of MPs from both the UK Labour and Conservative parties. The Minister of State for Universities and Science, the Rt Hon David Willetts MP, said that the project will "encourage a better understanding among the British public, and especially among young people, about how and why animals are used".
Coverage by the press
The Big Animal Research Debate has also attracted the attention of the media. The project has been covered by both the Times Higher Education Supplement and the The Guardian newspaper.
Involving the public
Over 18 of the individual debates the make up the project have been open to members of the public, and four Big Animal Research Debates have been broadcast live online, with three more debates due to be broadcast on 17 October, from 18:45 onwards. A full list of all upcoming Big Animal Research Debates can be found at http://animalresearchdebate.idebate.org/bard_events.
Voting on the motion
The results of audience votes on the motion held at each Big Animal Research Debate can be viewed at http://animalresearchdebate.idebate.org/content/results-1.
About the Big Animal Research Debate
The Big Animal Research Debate is a new public debating project taking place in universities across Ireland, England, Scotland, Wales and beyond.
Between 14th and 17th October over 30 university debating societies will hold public debates on the motion “This House would ban all forms of animal research”. A number of these debates will be streamed live on animalresearchdebate.org or made available to view on YouTube.
For more information about the Big Animal Research Debate or to get you university, school or college involved, get in touch by sending an email to firstname.lastname@example.org.