We have had a whirlwind past few days, with brand new MPs adding their support to EDM 22 – brand new in that they did not sign the EDM when it was tabled in its prior form, during the previous Parliamentary session. The brand new members including Tom Watson MP, Ian Davidson MP, Michael Meacher MP, David Ward MP , Valerie Vaz MP and we have additionally received instruction to include Pete Wishart MP, who has signed the EDM but his name was not able to appear on the EDM’s page before Parliament closed. We’re additionally delighted welcome back Martin Caton MP, who also signed this EDM when it was tabled in the previous session.
The question of the falsely claimed predictive value of animal experiments for human patients is increasingly becoming the focus of leading scientific journals, not least of which is the British Medical Journal which published their ‘Editors Choice’ in June 2014, titled ‘How Predictive and Productive is Animal Research?’. This article concluded by citing the paper it quoted:
“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”.
The brand new organisation Patients Campaigning For Cures highlights further supporting evidence from a wide field of expertise in their recent news feed .
The Conditions for the debates called for by both EDMs are endorsed as “well set out and fair” by Britain’s foremost human rights defence barrister Michael Mansfield QC, and are unique because a panel of judges will be present who will include experts from the fields of clinical medicine, complexity/chaos theory, philosophy of science, evolutionary biology, clinical research, drug development, and basic research. The debate conditions are specifically designed to achieve a scientific result which can be submitted as evidence in a wider legal action as well as to government bodies, in order to change now demonstrably outdated laws.