Member of Parliament for St Ives, Andrew George MP, has signed EDM 22 which continues to call for properly moderated, public scientific debates about the claims that animal experiments can ‘predict’ the responses of human patients. The EDM also holds the pro-vivisection ‘Concordat on Openness on Animal Research’ to public scientific account.
Our colleagues Oppose B&K Universal – for whom FLOE illustrate scientific evidence – have had a high profile letter published in the Hull Daily Mail titled ‘Experiments continue for wealth, not health’. Hull is where lab animal breeders B&K Universal have appealed against the decision which stopped them breeding around 2,000 Beagles annually for painful vivisection experiments which also entirely fail human patients. The excellent Hull Daily Mail letter addresses false scientific claims by Chris Magee (from ‘Understanding Animal Research) as well as Mr Magee’s entirely morally unsound ethics regarding Beagles. You can also read the letter and TAKE ACTION here!
The question of the claimed predictive value of animal experiments for human patients is increasingly becoming the focus of leading scientific journals: in June this year the Editor in Chief of the British Medical Journal published ‘Editors Choice’ titled ‘How Predictive and Productive is Animal Research?‘ and 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”.
EDM 22’s debate conditions have been endorsed by Britain’s foremost human rights defence barrister Michael Mansfield QC – currently representing the Hillsborough families. The EDM’s call for debates is 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be submitted as evidence in a wider legal action as well as to government bodies, in order to change now demonstrably outdated laws. The significance of this is in sharp contrast to the more casual ‘vote on line’ or show of hands at the end of previous debates.
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