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Ricky Gervais and Chris Packham lead signatures on a Open Letter to Prof. Colin Blakemore

Ricky Gervais and Chris Packham join our Patron, Peter Egan, in signing an Open Letter with Dr. Jane Goodall DBE, Lesley Nicol, Jane Fallon, Rumer, Jill Robinson MBE, and Rick Wakeman. The letter will remain live at FLOE, to enable additional public figures to sign it.

The letter is addressed to the UK’s leading proponent of animal experiments, Prof. Colin Blakemore, calling for him to agree to debate his views in a rigorous public science hearing, overseen by independent experts from the relevant fields of science. These experts will judge claims, that results from animal experiments can predict the responses of human patients, in medical research and testing.

The Open Letter has been shared by K9 Magazine today, here is their tweet

In the tweet above, Ricky Gervais mentions a film of Prof. Blakemore, narrating his light deprivation experiments on kittens, for that film please visit this link.

For FLOE’s statement in full, with additional Resources and quotes by Ricky Gervais, Peter Egan and Chris Packham, please visit this link .

NOT TO BE MISSED! Supreme & accesible new science lecture at UBC

This is an extraordinary demonstration of complexity science experts exposing the fraud which is animal experimentation. Equip yourselves with these accessible arguments to understand how animal modelers are breaking every science rule in the book.

Animal experimenters are treating animals and humans as simple systems – when in truth animals and humans are examples of living complex systems.

Animal modelers base their crude experiments on reductionism, which is now proven not to apply to complex systems – and that is why animals experiments have a failure rate of 90 – 95%.

YOU CAN HELP!

We’re all keeping up vital pressure on animal modelers by asking them to take part in the rigorous public scientific debate, called for by MPs signing Parliamentary EDM 66. This debate will be judged by independent experts – and its outcome will end the funding of cruel and unscientific animal experiments.

To ask your MP to sign EDM 66 simply type in your post code at this link.

Our science is co-illustrated by Dr. Niall Shanks

We are very proud that our evidence is co-illustrated by Dr. Niall Shanks, who wrote the first definitive book against creationism, otherwise known as intelligent design theory, titled ‘God, the Devil and Darwin’, forward by Richard Dawkins.

God the Devil and Darwin book cover

Dr. Shanks went on to co-author with leading expert Dr. Ray Greek the seminal work Animal Models in Light of Evolution , published in 2009, disproving claims that animal models can predict the responses of human patients.

AMILOEThere is an layman’s version of this book, written especially for the non-scientist, titled FAQs about the Use of Animals in Science; a handbook for the scientifically perplexed. For those without a background in science we highly recommend this FAQS book, available here.

FAQs book cover

World leading primatologist Dr. Jane Goodall calls for a rigorous scientific debate, about the claimed human medical value of experiments on non-human primates and other animals

Preeminent primatologist Dr. Jane Goodall has released a filmed statement of herself calling for a rigorous public scientific debate hearing about claims that experiments on non-human primates – and other animals – can predict the responses of human patients. Dr. Goodall is responding to criticism by primate experimenter Prof. Roger Lemon, who has denounced an Open Letter she signed with Sir David Attenborough, calling for an end to invasive experiments on primates.

In her filmed statement, below, Dr. Goodall challenges Prof. Lemon to justify his claims that primate experiments benefit humans by presenting his evidence at the public scientific hearing. To date, over a 130 cross-party MPs are calling for this debate, the conditions of which are endorsed as “well set out and fair” by human rights defence barrister Michael Mansfield QC.

Says Dr. Goodall:

“Following Professor Roger Lemon’s recent criticism of myself, Sir David Attenborough and leading medical expert Dr Ray Greek, I call upon Professor Lemon to agree to participate in the properly moderated public scientific debate hearing with Dr Greek, as called for by the current UK Parliamentary EDM 400, and by 133 MPs to date, who have signed four Early Day Motions to this effect.

It is time for a rigorous and thorough public scientific evaluation of animal experiments, using the established peer reviewed process of independent experts from the relevant fields of scientific expertise. These experts will be present to judge the validity of the opposing scientific positions, and thereby advise decision makers as to the best path ahead, for all life on earth”.

Dr. Goodall, Founder of the Jane Goodall Institute & UN Messenger of Peace.

Prof Lemon’s opponent in the debate, Dr Ray Greek, is President of the leading medical Board which opposes animal experiments on human medical and scientific grounds – Americans and Europeans For Medical Advancement.

In 2003, Dr Greek defeated plans by Cambridge University to build a new primate laboratory, with a precedent ruling on ‘national interest, medical and scientific grounds’.  Cambridge wanted to build their new lab on Green Belt land, and failed to prove the required criteria, namely that their primate experiments were going to be ‘in the national interest’. For more on this landmark medical ruling please visit this link.

Dr Fiona Godlee, Editor in Chief of the British Medical Journal, joins an increasing number of scientific journals and pharmaceutical companies in reporting the failure of animals as predictive models of humans. Dr Godlee published her Editors Choice in 2104, titled ‘How Predictive and productive is Animal Research?’ which 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.” [1]

Evidence-based medical opposition to animal models reflects up-to-date knowledge based on current understanding of evolutionary biology and complex systems, recently elucidated by Trans-Species Modelling Theory (TSMT), which joins its predecessors including The Theory of Evolution and the Germ Theory of Disease [2-6].

Dr Ray Greek adds:

“The wider scientific community – outside the vested interests – now agree that trying to model human disease using animals is a disastrous failure for human patients. In the debate hearing called for by Dr Goodall and MPs, I will explain how current science understands exactly why this is the case. I welcome Dr. Goodall’s support, especially her recognition of the need for independent scientific experts to be present, to judge which of the opposing positions is correct”.

Laboratory technician Cris Iles filmed undercover in Prof. Lemon’s primate lab for an animal cruelty investigation, which revealed shocking violations of Home Office regulations, denied by Prof. Lemon.

Cris Iles says:

“The only reason for animal experimentation to exist in its current regulatory vacuum is to enable it to continue as a haphazard and indefensible industry, offering nothing to human medical advancement whilst also avoiding commonly held standards of decency in respect of the care of animals.  I applaud and support Dr Goodall’s vital call for Prof. Lemon to agree to take part in a thorough public scientific and medical evaluation that all of us can witness, overseen by independent experts. This is a debate hearing long overdue”.

Resources

For the radio interview with Prof. Lemon in which he criticised Dr. Jane Goodall, Sir David Attenborough and Dr Ray Greek please visit this link

For Dr. Ray Greek’s radio interview responding to Prof. Lemon’s criticisms please visit this link

For Dr. Greek’s defeat of the primate laboratory at Cambridge University in 2002, please visit this link.

For undercover lab technician Cris Iles’ summary report in support of Dr. Goodall, please visit this link.

Patients Campaigning For Cures

Americans and Europeans for Medical Advancement

Extensive and referenced quotes from pharmaceutical companies, available here.

There have been four Parliamentary Early Day Motions calling for the science debate hearing, signed by 133 MPs to date; the current is EDM 400.

References

1. BMJ 2014; 348: g 3719 available here.

2. Shanks N, Greek R, Greek J. Are animal models predictive for humans? Philos Ethics Humanit Med. 2009 Jan 15;4(1):2.

3. Greek, R. Pippus, A. Hansen, L. The Nuremberg Code subverts human health and safety by requiring animal modeling. BMC Medical Ethics 2012 Jul 8;13(1):16. doi:10.1186/1472-6939-13-16

4. Ray Greek and Lawrence A Hansen; The Development of Deep Brain Stimulation for Movement Disorders J Clinic Res Bioeth 2012, 3:137. doi: 10.4172/2155-9627.1000137

5. Open Letter to VERO by neurosurgeon Marius Maxwell MBBChir DPhil (MD PhD).

Best selling French magazine ‘Paris Match’ covers the horror and false science of primate experiments

The best selling French magazine ‘Paris Match’ leads the way at the start of this new year, with coverage of an undercover film from a primate laboratory. Calls for a French Parliamentary Science Inquiry have started, and Dr Andre Menache is quoted at the close of the article, calling for “modern 21st century science to challenge the animal model”. For the full article in French please visit this link.

For the English translation please see the text below:

In a video released this morning, the French organisation Animal Testing reveals the procedures that primates undergo during fundamental brain research as well as for neurodegenerative diseases such as Parkinson’s and Alzheimer’s Disease.

After the horror of slaughterhouses, welcome to an undercover expose of animal experimentation. Last December, the organisation Animal Testing, founded by Audrey Jougla, teamed up with PETA France, to protest the fate of dogs made to suffer in research funded by AFM-Téléthon to study muscular dystrophy. This morning, Animal Testing unveiled its new video of primates undergoing brain research in the field of fundamental research as well as for neurodegenerative diseases such as Parkinson’s and Alzheimer’s. Filmed in 2013 using a hidden camera in a large Paris hospital, the images reveal a laboratory with rows of cages one cubic meter in size.

It is here that rhesus macaques are given the chemical MPTP, a neurotoxin that results in symptoms similar to those of Parkinson’s disease. Unable to feed themselves, the monkeys must be force-fed. One of the primates, almost blind, is at the end of its life. “The tool” is longer useful to the researchers. Another monkey will be forcefully placed in a restraint chair, with an apparatus screwed to the skull, says Animal Testing. The neck, wrists and ankles of the monkey are clamped. A researcher explains that the primates are forced to remain without food in their restraining chair until they lift up their heads so that their necks can be clamped. A rhesus macaque called Yeti did not eat for a whole week. This is the phase during which the monkeys are “psychologically broken”.

According to the researcher, “there is no other way.” “Placed in a dark room, the monkeys are required to follow a series of light signals projected onto a screen as part of a vision experiment,” says Audrey Jougla, founder of Animal Testing. For each correct answer, the monkey receives a few drops of water via a pipette. Monkeys are deprived of water in their cages. The water is their reward. Researchers also behave in callous ways towards the animals. They joke about their suffering, referring to monkeys who shut tight their eyes as “bastards”, which is the only way for the animal to say «”stop this experiment”.

These primates, some as old as 11 years, are continuously deprived of natural light and live permanently in underground rooms. “Animal Testing is calling for the launching of a parliamentary commission of inquiry into these practices, based on both legal and scientific considerations,” said Audrey Jougla. Researchers and politicians need to discuss the highly questionable value of this sort of fundamental research, in addition to the legalised cruelty. “

Each year in Europe, 11.5 million animals serve as guinea pigs in laboratories. In 2014, in France, nearly 1.77 million animals were killed for experimental purposes. Some in the scientific community now challenge this practice which it considers archaic and unreliable for humans. “Cultures of cells, tissues, organs, biomathematical models, biochips … and many other replacement methods exist, which are more relevant and more predictive for humans,” states André Ménache, director of the scientific committee Antidote Europe which, in September 2016, also called for the launch of a parliamentary commission of inquiry. It is time for 21st century modern science to challenge the animal model. “

Drs Ray Greek and Andre Menache present at the EU Parliament, December 6th 2016

Drs Ray Greek and Andre Menache presented talks at an EU Parliament Conference to Counter the EU Commission, which is ignoring the European Citizen’s Initative (ECI) secured by 1.173 million citizens – who signed the ECI to hear scientific evidence that will end experiments on animals, falsely claimed able to predict the responses of human patients.

A debate hearing for this scientific evidence to be judged is being called for by 130 MPs, to date, who have signed 4 Parliamentary EDMs; the current being EDM 400

 

To ask your MP to sign the current EDM 400,  simply type in your post code at this link and send your MP a letter today.

 

New BBC Radio interview: platinum-selling singer Rumer highlights MPs’ call for the urgently required science hearing to end animal experiments

Thank you Rumer so much for this great BBC radio interview today, (starting at 17.18.00) and for dedicating your album launch concert tonight to exposing the urgent need for a scientist, representing B&K Universal, to agree to the science debate hearing called for by 130 MPs – and climbing – who have signed four Early Day Motions to this effect, and who are currently signing Parliamentary EDM 400.

CHARITY STATUS

During today’s radio interview our media spokesperson Alex Irving was asked if FLOE is a registered charity, and to keep the interview on track Alex did not take up precious air time with the complicated Charity Commission laws which forbid us – as a registered charity – from campaigning politically. When FLOE was founded in 2012, we researched the option of becoming a registered charity, but quickly understood that charities are not allow to campaign to change Government policy. This would be utterly hopeless in today’s climate, if you are serious about ending experiments on Beagles and other animals.

FLOE are a Limited Company with a director, and our science is illustrated by the leading medical Board in its field, whose experts defeated the Cambridge primate laboratory in 2003, with a precedent ruling ‘national interest medical and scientific grounds’. For more on that medical decision please visit this link.

Platinum selling singer Rumer gives us fantastic coverage in best selling dog magazines!

Well, what a week it’s been! Platinum-selling singer songwriter Rumer has given us front page news coverage in three of the UK’s best selling dog magazines! Enjoy Rumer’s articles about Parliamentary EDM 400 and MPs calling for the crucial science debate hearing in Dogs Monthly and Dog World And then enjoy Rumer’s fabulous interview about her wonderful dog Alfie, and why she’s supporting FLOE’s vital science campaign in best selling K9 Magazine!

And to say thank you Rumer, and thank you to all our wonderful supporters over the years, simply sit back and listen to Rumer on BBC Radio London today, as she sings live with her wonderful pianist husband Rob Shirakbari, and then talks about her album launch concert for FLOE, in Yorkshire tomorrow night. This concert will spotlight the urgent need for our science hearing to STOP experiments on innocent Beagles, and other animals, who are now proven to be simply incapable of predicting the responses of human patients.

NEW from NIH: new human medicines have a failure rate in excess of 95% after animal tests

The National Institutes of Health (NIH) has published an article with a new statistic which states:

‘Several thousand diseases affect humans of which only about 500 have any treatment. Thanks to our growing understanding of human biology, along with the increased availability of innovative technologies, there is an unprecedented opportunity to translate scientific discoveries more efficiently into new, more effective and safer health interventions.

Currently, a novel intervention can take about 14 years and $2 billion to develop, with a failure rate exceeding 95 percent’. 

No other human endeavour allows such disastrous results. This failure rate happens after tests on two species of animal: a rodent and then a Beagle dog. For the full response from Patients Campaigning for Cures, please visit this link.

If you haven’t done so already please ask your MP to sign EDM 400, which calls for a thorough science debate hearing to stop this selfish vested interest – and help the wider scientific community change an out dated 70 year old law, which still requires animal testing, despite its now proven failure.

Platinum selling singer songwriter, Rumer, chooses FLOE as the recipient of profits raised from her forthcoming concert, to launch her new album

We are over the moon that wondrous singer Rumer has chosen FLOE to be the recipient of funds raised from her concert on 25th November, to launch her new album.

Beautiful songs, sung and arranged masterfully with such perfect sensitivity – we have had to work hard to keep our feet on the ground today…especially after listening to Rumer singing ‘Close to You’ as the guest artist on Saturday’s National Lottery Live, below 🙂 Scroll forward to 42 mins to see savour this, and 44 mins for a few moments before the song starts: