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Animal Models in Light of EvolutionDr Charlotte Uhlenbroek with orangutanDNA holding planet earthFAQs About the Use of Animals in ScienceHuman baby with Beagle puppyScientists examining evidence

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Welcome to For Life on Earth

It is indeed stating the obvious to say that we do not rush our children and other relatives to the local veterinary clinic if they are ill, or worse, critically ill. Likewise, we do not take our companion animals to the outpatient's emergency departments at our hospitals when they are ill.

FOR LIFE ON EARTH presents science that supports this common sense, best illustrated by the leading medical Board in its field Americans and Europeans For Medical Advancement (AFMA/EFMA) and the seminal work Animal Models in Light of Evolution (2009). There is a layman's version of this book, written especially for the non-scientist, entitled FAQS About the Use of Animals in Science.

Both these books explain exactly how and why experimenting on animals - to predict responses in humans - is asking animals to do something they are not capable of. This, in turn, is damaging human medicine. Immense empirical evidence supports this position. Animal Models in Light of Evolution places this empirical evidence within the context of evolutionary biology and provides us with conclusions that entirely support our decisions not to take critically ill people to the vet. The question of the claimed predictive value of animal models is increasingly being highlighted by leading scientific journals, including the British Medical Journal which published its Editor's Choice in June 2014, titled  How Predictive and Productive is Animal Research?  This article concluded by quoting from the paper it cited:

“If research conducted on animals continues to be unable to reasonably predict what can be expected in humans, the public’s continuing endorsement and funding of preclinical animal research seems misplaced.”

Science has now entered the age of personalised medicine where treatments are tailor-made for you and you alone: we now understand that even identical twins can suffer from different illnesses and require treatments that are unique to their genetic profiles. This extraordinary progress is being held back by the persistent use of animal models.

FOR LIFE ON EARTH exists because evidence from up-to-date science demands that experiments on animals must be stopped on human medical and scientific grounds.

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Kelvin Hopkins MP tabled EDM 373 holding animal experiments to effective public scientific account, in open, fair medical debate hearings: please note this EDM is now CLOSED.

One of Britain's foremost human rights defence barristers, Michael Mansfield QC pictured below, has endorsed as "well set out and fair" the conditions for a thorough medical science debate, which will be overseen by independent judges from the relevant fields of scientific expertise.

We are in dialogue with the animal experimentation community's lobbying group 'Understanding Animal Research' with a view to holding their 'Concordat on Openness on Animal Research' to account through properly moderated, public scientific debate. Two previous EDMs calling for this scientific debate attracted the signatures of 83 MPs, including Jeremy Corbyn MP, Paul Flynn MP, Tom Watson MP, Zac Goldsmith MP, Diane Abbott MP, Caroline Lucas MP; John Mann MP; Sir Greg Knight MP and Gordon Henderson MP.

You can read more about the human cost of experiments on animals in the peer reviewed article 'The Nuremberg Code subverts human health and safety by requiring animal modeling' 

Multiple sclerosis patient, Rebecca Groves, narrated an introductory video slide-show representing the needs of patients and their families for the first Parliamentary EDM in which we were highlighted. Rebecca has now left FLOE to form her own organisation Patients Campaigning For Cures.