Two young women meet for the first time at a dinner party; they find they have much in common and decide to travel together to London where they begin to study physiology; out of interest but also because of the vivisections being performed before students. They are both sceptical towards this method of learning but want to look further into the matter and find out if their critical arguments hold. Their studies result in a book, Shambles of Science. Extracts fr om the diary of two students of physiology. Shambles of science becomes an instant hit and receives two hundred reviews in the British papers during the following months. The debut is the beginning of a public commitment to the question of vivisection. The women also advocate social reforms, gender equality, preventive healthcare and vegetarianism (they are vegans). Their efforts among people in the street have been called the first mass campaign in the history of the movement.
Recommended CitationGalmark, Lisa, Women antivivisectionists - the story of Lizzy Lind af Hageby and Leisa Schartau, Animal Issues, 4(2), 2000.