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EDM 250

PLEASE ASK YOUR MP TO SIGN Early Day Motion 250

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Parliamentary Early Day Motion 250 calls for a rigorous public scientific hearing on animal experiments, judged by independent experts from the relevant fields of science, including clinical medicine, complexity/chaos theory, evolutionary biology, philosophy of science, clinical research, drug development and basic research.

Here's the full EDM:

That this House notes the science-based campaign, For Life On Earth, with its Beagle ambassador, rescued ex-laboratory dog Scarlet; congratulates Scarlet on winning the Animal Hero, Inspirational Animal of the Year Award 2018; further notes that the latest Home Office figures show that the numbers of dogs used in UK experiments increased from 2,496 dogs in 2017 to 2,909 dogs in 2018; notes that scientists in the wider scientific community outside the animal-based research sector openly acknowledge the failure of animal testing in the search for human treatments and cures, and that those experts include scientists working in the pharmaceutical industry, the Editor in Chief of the British Medical Journal, the US-based National Cancer Institute, which says that cures for cancer have been lost because studies in rodents have been believed, and the Food and Drug Administration which states that 9 out of 10 new medicines fail to pass human trials because animals cannot predict responses in humans; notes Doctors Greek and Shanks' Trans-Species Modelling Theory, founded upon the theory of evolution, explaining why animals fail as predictive models of humans; and urgently calls on the Government to mandate a rigorous public scientific hearing, judged by independent experts from the relevant fields of science, to stop the funding of the now proven failed practice of animal testing and enable funding to finance state-of-the-art human-based research, such as human-on-a-chip and gene-based medicine, in order to prioritise the arrival of effective treatments and cures for human patients and stop the suffering of laboratory dogs and other animals.  

Please visit this link to read the EDM on the UK Parliament website https://edm.parliament.uk/early-day-motion/56706/a-public-scientific-hearing-on-animal-experiments

This Early Day Motion opens with a tribute to FLOE's Beagle Ambassador, rescued ex-laboratory dog Scarlett, who won the Daily Mirror Animal Hero Award, Inspirational Animal of the Year, 2018. Dogs are family members, yet they are used as the chosen second species for testing new medicines, destined for human patients. These experiments are not only horrifically cruel - involving dogs having chemicals pumped directly into their stomachs for up to 90 days, with no pain relief or anaesthetic - the experiments are also now proven to entirely fail the search for human treatments and cures.

For more information on the campaign with rescued ex-laboratory Scarlett Beagle, Ricky Gervais and Peter Egan, please visit Scarlett's website https://www.scarlettbeagle.org/

The EDM includes text that unpacks the scientific evidence against using dogs and other animals to model humans, as outlined on FLOE's website.

PLEASE ASK YOUR MP TO SIGN EDM 250 

Simply type in your postcode at this link to ask your MP to sign the EDM: http://forlifeonearth.eaction.online/

It's time for our Government to mandate a public scientific hearing on animal experiments, judged by independent experts from the relevant fields of science, so that a new law can ban the animal modeling of humans and redirect valuable research funds towards state-of-the-art human-based methods, such as body on a chip and gene-based medicine, to prioritise the arrival of effective human treatments and cures - and stop the suffering of dogs and other animals.

PLEASE VISIT THIS LINK TO ASK YOUR MP TO SIGN EDM 250:

forlifeonearth.eaction.online

OR use the template below. as a basis for your letter.

Remember to include your address and all the References and Resources, after you have signed your letter!

 

PLACE YOUR NAME AND ADDRESS HERE!

 

Dear______ MP

I'm writing to ask you to please sign Parliamentary EDM 250, and support its vital call for a public scientific hearing on animal testing.

As researchers across the world rush to test a coronavirus vaccine on people, without prior testing in animals, I'm supporting global public figures Ricky Gervais, Dr. Jane Goodall and Peter Egan, who are raising the question: is there any real scientific value in animal testing?

We need the EDM's science hearing because there is overwhelming evidence in the peer reviewed scientific literature, that cruel animal experiments are indeed also failing the search for human treatments and cures. This medical failure is being reported by leading experts in the scientific community, including the Editor in Chief of the British Medical Journal [1] and the US-based Food and Drug Administration (FDA) - which states that nine out of ten new human medicines fail to pass human clinical trials because animals cannot predict human responses. [2] Scientists working in the pharmaceutical industry are also openly acknowledging the failure of animal models in their drug development process, writing about this extensively in peer-reviewed scientific journals, please visit this link for their reports: the US-based National Cancer Institute actually says that we have lost cures for cancer because studies in rodents were believed. [3]

I am not alone in my concerns. Global public figures Ricky Gervais, Dr. Jane Goodall, Peter Egan and Paul O'Grady are supporting EDM 250, which calls for the scientific hearing to be mandated by the Government and judged by independent experts from the relevant fields of science - including clinical medicine, complexity science, chaos theory, evolutionary biology, clinical research, drug development, basic research and philosophy of science.

EDM 250 opens with a tribute to a rescued ex-laboratory dog named Scarlett Beagle, who won the 2018 Daily Mirror Animal Hero, Inspirational Animal of the Year award. Scarlett Beagle has become the figurehead for laboratory animals, world wide. The fact that dogs cannot contract the COVID-19 virus is a key example of how animals entirely fail as predictive models of human diseases. Yet dogs continue to be the chosen second species required for the toxicity testing of new human medicines. Such experiments on dogs involve force feeding chemicals directly into the dog's stomach for up to 90 days, with no pain relief or anaesthetic. This outdated and failed science needs to be stopped and valuable funding redirected towards state-of-the-art human-based research - such as body on a chip and gene based medicine - to prioritise the arrival of human treatments and cures and stop the suffering of laboratory animals.

EDM 250 calls for an urgently needs examination of this issue, by science experts who do not have a vested interest in the animal experimentation sector.

No member of the animal experimentation community will agree to this science hearing, so the EDM is calling for the Government to mandate such a hearing in order that new laws can be created to protect human patients and animals.

Please support me in asking the Government to mandate the EDM's public scientific hearing as an urgent priority for all our sakes, both human and animal.

References

1. BMJ 2014; 348: g 3719 (availabe here)

2. FDA. 2010. FDA Issues Advice to Make Earliest Stages
 Of Clinical Drug Development More Efficient. FDA, June 18, 2009 2006 [cited March 7, 2010].

3. Gura T: 'Cancer Models: Systems for identifying new drugs are often faulty'. Science. 1997, 278 (5340): 1041-1042. 10.1126/science.278.5340.1041.  

4. Shanks N, Greek R Animal Models in Light of Evolution Boca Raton: Brown Walker Press; 2009.

5. Shanks N, Greek R, Greek J: 'Are Animal Models Predictive for Humans?' Philos Ethics Humanit Med 2009, 4:2

6. Lumley CE, Walker S Lancaster, Quay, editors, 1990, 'Clinical Toxicity – Could it have been predicted? Post-marketing experience', 57–67; Heywood R. Animal Toxicity Studies: Their Relevance for Man.  

Resources

Complexity Science Lecture at the University of British Columbia, July 2017.

Open Letter supporting EDM 66, led by Ricky Gervais, Peter Egan Dr Jane Goodall and Chris Packham

Extensive and referenced quotes by pharmaceutical companies

Open Letter by Ray Greek MD: Concerning the Scientific Underpinnings of a Laboratory Beagle Breeding Unit

Dr. Jane Goodall's filmed statement, calling for the EDM

Drs Shanks and Greek's medical defeat of a primate laboratory at Cambridge University.

Patients Campaigning For Cures

The science-based Campaign For Life On Earth (FLOE).

Americans and Europeans for Medical Advancement (AFMA/EFMA)