Letter: Labour NEC vote

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The Independent Culture
Sir: I am fed up with opponents (and occasionally supporters) of animal experiments using the word "vivisection" as a catch-all. Having my tonsils out was vivisection; putting lipstick on a rat is not. Most animal experiments involve no cutting of live animals, and if I was doing experimental surgery on a live animal, large or small, I would make damn sure it was unconscious. The infliction of pain on an experimental animal is no help to anyone.

Let's put a stop to this painful mutilation of the truth.

DAVID RIDGE

London N19

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