For Life On Earth has launched a groundbreaking joint petition with a human Patient Group, Oppose B and K Universal and Save the Harlan Beagles. We are honored this petition has been immediately supported by the wonderful and acclaimed actor, Peter Egan.
The petition's letter is addressed to the UK's leading spokesperson for animal experiments, Prof. Colin Blakemore, who claims such experiments are 'essential to find new treatments that will save human lives' As early as the year 2000 we approached Prof. Blakemore, live on BBC's Radio's 'Today' programme, to ask him to agree to debate the president of the organisation which evidences our science, but Prof. Blakemore refused, outright, to agree to a public scientific debate, hosted by the BBC and supported, at the time of the interview, by the programme's interviewer veteran broadcaster Sue MacGregor.
Over the years, numerous supporters have additionally written to Prof. Blakemore, as well as other animal experimenters, asking them to agree to debate their scientific position, but our supporters emails have been ignored. It is for this reason that we have launched our petition - to show Prof. Blakemore and his supportive colleagues that this is an internationally popular initiative.
Our petition supports MPs who are signing EDM 263, including leading campaigner Caroline Lucas MP and ex-Shadow Health Minister Diane Abbott MP. Our petition coincides with an initiative called the 'Declaration of Openness' - signed by over 40 organisations who experiment on animals claiming these experiments benefit human medicine. We are delighted the 'Declaration of Openness' wishes to be seen to be more open about their use of animals in medical research for humans, and we hold that this public debate platform, of many such debates, will be the perfect place to honor that Declaration.
HOLDING ANIMAL EXPERIMENTERS TO ACCOUNT – IN PUBLIC, WITH LIVE MEDICAL DEBATES.
For the first time in the history of the anti-vivisection campaign we have a petition which calls for animal experimenters to agree to justify their science claims in properly moderated, public scientific debates with the leading medical experts who oppose animal experiments, purely on human medical and scientific grounds.
WHY ARE THESE DEBATES ESSENTIAL TO HELP END ANIMAL EXPERIMENTS AND ADVANCE HUMAN MEDICINE?
These debates will enable the public, and our government, to hear scientific evidence against the Victorian prediction principle which first institutionalised animal experiments in 1847. The debates will highlight the chasm between 167 year old research assumptions and current scientific knowledge – evidence that will be presented in order to recognise the invalidity of such animal experiments and justify their abandonment, confirmed by a precedent ruling in 2003 on “national interest” grounds.