We’re delighted to welcome four new MPs to EDM 22, (three of them brand new in that they did not sign its previous text, EDM 263). These MPs are calling for properly moderated, public scientific debates about the claims that experiments on animals can ‘predict’ the responses of human patients. The new Parliamentarians are, in alphabetical order, Dame Anne Begg MP for Aberdeen South; Fabian Hamilton MP for Leeds, North East; Jim Hood MP for Lanark and Hamilton East and Sir Gerald Kaufman, MP for Manchester, Gorton.
This 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 debate conditions for EDMs 22 and 263 have been endorsed by Britain’s foremost human rights defence barrister Michael Mansfield QC . The EDMs’ 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be submitted as evidence in a wider legal action as well as to government bodies, in order to change now demonstrably outdated laws.
PLEASE ASK YOUR MP TO SIGN EDM 22! Click on the image below and visit ‘Time to hear the Scientific Evidence’, simply type in your post code and send your letter today!