Ben McSkelly opens the debate for the proposition

Liverpool Debating Union’s Big Animal Research Debate proved another successful event for the society, with nearly 30 people in attendance to discuss the issues surrounding animal testing. 

The debate, held on Tuesday 15th October, was held as part of the national Big Animal Research Debate project, organised by IDEA.

Speaking for the proposition was NAMDA Novice Cup 2010 winner and PhD Student Ben McSkelly, with Niall O’Rourke, who broke to the novice finals of the Leeds Open 2013. On the opposition was Fraser Johns and Nissim Massarano, both members of the Liverpool Debating Union committee.

Before the debate, a vote was held where 2 people agreed with the motion and 17 were against. Following the debate, 5 people agreed with the motion and 18 people were against (after more arrivals and some previous absentions) meaning that the motion before the house fell.

The debate was livestreamed and can be watched back below.

For more information on Liverpool Debating Union and what they do, please visit Their next public debate is due to be held on Tuesday 12 November.