English anti-vivisection debates of the late 19th and early 20th centuries were extensively covered by New Zealand newspapers. One concerned the erection of a statue in Battersea, London, to a dog that two anti-vivisection campaigners had witnessed being experimented on at University College, London, a pioneering college for physiological sciences. The inscription on the controversial statue ran 'In memory of the brown terrier dog done to death in the laboratories of University College in February 1903, after having endured vivisection extending over more than two months and having been handed over from one vivisector to another till death came to his release. Also in memory of the 232 dogs vivisected at the same place during the year 1902. Men and women of England, how long shall these things be?'
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