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Britain’s leading human rights defence barrister endorses the debate conditions called for by EDMs 263 and 22.

Photo: Michael Mansfield QC

We are honoured and delighted to welcome one of Britain’s most prominent and well known lawyers, the human rights barrister Michael Mansfield QC, to FOR LIFE ON EARTH. Michael Mansfield QC has endorsed as “well set out and fair” the debate conditions called for by Parliamentary EDM 263 , signed by 52 MPs from all the political parties. This EDM calls for scientists – who continue to claim animal experiments can ‘predict’ the responses of human patients – to agree to participate in properly moderated, public scientific debates with the leading medical Board which opposes such experiments, on human medical and scientific grounds: Amercians and Europeans for Medical Advancement (AFMA/EFMA). These public debates will enable our government and the public to hear up-to-date scientific evidence which invalidates such animal experiments, and calls for their immediate abandonment on medical and scientific, national interest grounds.

AFMA/EFMA created a precedent ruling in 2003 when they defeated Cambridge University’s plans to build a non-human primate lab on ‘medical and scientific national interest grounds’, the government inspector ruling: On the basis of the technical input, therefore, I could not conclude that need in the national interest is demonstrated insofar as this pertains to the scientific/medical research and procedures undertaken by the University

EDM 263 been re-tabled as EDM 22 to mark the start of the new Parliamentary session, June 2014.

The UK’s representative for the animal experimentation community Understanding Animal Research (UAR) have agreed to participate in a properly moderated public scientific debate, as called for by both EDMs, and we are delighted to find ourselves in a position to be able to take this first historic debate forward. Read our response to UAR here , which includes the debate conditions.