We are absolutely delighted to announce that four new MPs have signed EDM 22 this week – three of them brand new, in that they did not sign EDM 263. The MPs are calling for properly moderated, public scientific debates about the claims that animal experiments can ‘predict’ the responses of human patients. Robert Flello MP continues his invaluable support from the previous Parliamentary session and the brand new MPs are Annette Brooke MP for Mid-Dorset and North Poole; Charles Kennedy MP for Ross, Skye and Lochaber – ex-leader of the Lib Dem party – and Sir Greg Knight, Conservative MP for East Yorkshire.
The question of the falsely 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”.
The debate conditions for EDMs 22 and 263 have been endorsed by Britain’s foremost human rights defence barrister Michael Mansfield QC – currently representing the Hillsborough families. 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be submitted as evidence in a wider legal action as well as to government bodies, in order to change now demonstrably outdated laws. 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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