Dr. Coleman was on the show last week and we enjoyed him so much, we’ve invited him once again. We touched briefly on why he is a vegetarian; Dr. Coleman has a real love for animals. He will discuss animal issues in this special encore interview.
Dr Vernon Coleman MB ChB DSc FRSA qualified as a doctor and is still a registered GP though he has not practiced for many years. He resigned as a GP after refusing to put diagnoses on sick notes. He resigned as columnist on The Sunday People after the editor refused to print a column criticizing the Iraq war.He is the author of over 100 books – including fiction and non fiction. Novels include Mrs Caldicot’s Cabbage War (which has been filmed). Non fiction best sellers include Bodypower and How to Stop Your Doctor Killing You. In 1983 he launched the world’s first medical software for home computers. He has written columns for many major newspapers (including The Sun and The People) and written articles for many more. He has made many TV and radio series (often based on his books.) Over nearly 50 years he has campaigned on many issues involving both people and animals and has as a result made many enemies among powerful pressure groups defending the interests of drug, food and oil companies. But his books remain popular with readers and independent critics.
-Unknown reliability of animal experiment tests. The drug company wins either way. If the drugs causes harm to animals, they say animals are different. If they don’t cause harm, they say it’s been shown to be safe on animals.
-Thalidomide passed as safe based on animal tests. Aspirin and penicillin kill cats.
-Delaying tactic of “We haven’t finished our research yet”, even when harms are already known.
-Inadequate testing to get product to market early to start reaping profits.
-Unrecognized intelligence and reasoning of animals.
-Animals are soul.
-Vegetarians less likely to be hospitalized, have heart attacks, or have food poisoning.
-Drain on water and land resources to raise animals for food.
-Toxins accumulate in the fat of animals. Rise in breast cancer due to increased consumption of meat with chemicals in it.
-Cage-free is not a defined term. Chickens suffer increased adrenaline from stress, vulnerability to infections in overcrowded conditions.
-Antibiotics increase the yield from an animal. Antibiotic resistance from antibiotics given to animals.
-Drug industry pushing to create more vaccines for dogs and cats. No proven safety or benefit.
vernon coleman on the treatment of animals, february 7, 2017