Ground-breaking xenotransplantation documentary
In 2001, the UK's Carlton TV produced a ground-breaking documentary, Organ
Farm, which was screened in three one hour instalments on
Uncaged Campaigns' Director Dan Lyons was interviewed for the programme
as a leading critic of xenotransplantation research. A version of
the documentary was also broadcast across the USA on the Public Broadcast
The programme included appalling footage of American researchers transplanting
a pig's heart into the neck of a baboon. The Diaries
of Despair report and the Daily Express
articles reveal that similar procedures were licensed by the
UK Home Office and conducted by Imutran Ltd at Huntingdon Life
The documentary also featured the destruction of pigs and the decapitation
of piglet foetuses to extract brain cells.
here for the Organ Farm website, which includes a transcript
of the interview with Dan Lyons.
Video grabs from the programme are used on this website to illustrate the xenotransplantation process - images which are rarely seen by the public.