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EDM 175

Parliamentary Early Day Motion 175

Parliamentary Early Day Motion 175 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 text: https://edm.parliament.uk/early-day-motion/58611

That this House applauds the new Animal Sentience Bill, enshrining in law the ability of animals to experience joy and feel suffering and pain; notes the science-based campaign For Life On Earth with its Beagle Ambassador, rescued laboratory dog Scarlett; is shocked to see the harrowing exposé showing thousands of laboratory dogs intensively bred in the UK and underlines the consequences of the Animal Sentience Bill regarding this; 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 in the pharmaceutical industry, the Editor in Chief of the British Medical Journal, the US-based National Cancer Institute which says cures for cancer have been lost because studies in rodents were 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 science fields, to stop the funding of the now proven failed practice of animal experimentation and increase funding for state-of-the-art human-based research, such as human-on-a-chip and gene-based medicine, to prioritise treatments and cures for human patients and stop the suffering of laboratory dogs and other animals.

Why is this EDM so vital?

We urgently need the EDM's called-for science hearing because there is overwhelming agreement in the wider scientific community, outside animal-based researchers, that animal experiments are entirely failing the search for human treatments and cures [1-6].  This failure is reported by leading experts including Dr. Fiona Godlee, Editor in Chief of the British Medical Journal [1] and scientists working at the US-based Food and Drug Administration, which states that nine out of ten new human medicines fail to pass human clinical trials because animals cannot predict human responses. [2] Scientists in the pharmaceutical industry also openly acknowledge the failure of animal models in their drug development process, writing about this extensively in science journals, please visit this link for their reports: the US-based National Cancer Institute says we have lost cures for cancer because studies in rodents were believed. [3]

EDM 175 calls for a scientific hearing that can advise our decision makers, free them from the grip of outdated lobbyists and accelerate much needed funding for human-relevant research - such as body-on-a-chip and gene-based medicine - which comes with a proven track record of success.

No member of the animal experimentation community will agree to take part in the EDM's call for public scientific scrutiny, so the EDM calls for the Government to mandate the hearing in order that new laws can be created to protect human health and animals.

Ricky Gervais and Peter Egan lead public support for this EDM with the help of celebrity Beagle Ambassador, rescued laboratory dog Scarlett, winner of the 2018 Daily Mirror Animal Hero, Inspirational Animal of the Year. Scarlett is a figurehead for laboratory animals, worldwide. Ricky and Peter are joined by many additional celebrities, including Downton Abbey cook, played by actress Lesley Nicol; Dragon's Den star Deborah Meaden; For the Love of Dog's presenter, Paul O'Grady; preeminent primatologist Dr. Jane Goodall and best selling author Jane Fallon.

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/

PLEASE VISIT THIS LINK TO ASK YOUR MP TO SIGN EDM 175:

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

Global public figure Ricky Gervais is today launching an exposé with After Life co-star Peter Egan, to uncover harrowing footage of the factory farming of laboratory dogs, right here in the UK. This new film comes hot on the heels of the Government's new Animal Sentience Bill, which enshrines in law the ability of animals to experience joy and feel suffering and pain. 

The harrowing footage filmed at MBR Acres, Cambridgeshire, reveals panic-stricken distress cries from up to 2,000 Beagles bred annually at MBR and kept indoors for their entire lives. Howls from the distressed dogs crescendo as the building's doors open: MBR workers can be seen grabbing dogs by the scruff of the neck and piling them into overcrowded trolleys; pitiful cries can be heard as individually crated dogs are loaded onto a lorry to be taken to laboratories, across the UK.  

When the dogs reach their final destination at a UK laboratory, they are subjected to experiments which can involve force feeding chemicals directly into their stomachs for up to 90 days, with no pain relief or anaesthetic. The dogs are killed at the end of the experiments.

Dogs are family members: the Government has recently launched its Pet Theft Taskforce to tackle the reported rise in pet thefts and bring those involved in this illegal market to justice, and with the recent passing of Finns Law Part Two, inspired by the bravery of police dog Finn, cruelty to dogs and other animals can now mean spending up to five years in prison. 

I'm therefore writing to ask you to please sign Parliamentary EDM 175, for the Government to mandate a fair, public scientific hearing on animal experiments. This hearing will be judged by experts from the relevant science fields: including clinical medicine, complexity science, chaos theory, evolutionary biology, clinical research, drug development, philosophy of science and basic research.

We urgently need the EDM's called-for science hearing because there is overwhelming agreement in the wider scientific community, outside animal-based researchers, that animal experiments are failing the search for human treatments and cures [1-6].  This medical failure is reported by leading experts including Dr. Fiona Godlee, Editor in Chief of the British Medical Journal [1] and scientists working at the US-based Food and Drug Administration (FDA), which states nine out of ten new human medicines fail to pass human clinical trials because animals cannot predict human responses. [2] Scientists in the pharmaceutical industry also openly acknowledge the failure of animal models in their drug development process, writing about this extensively in peer-reviewed science journals, please visit this link for their reports: the US-based National Cancer Institute says we have lost cures for cancer because studies in rodents have been believed. [3]

EDM 175 calls for a fair public scientific hearing that can advise our decision makers about the influence still exerted by outdated lobbyists from a widely acknowledged failed scientific practice, and accelerate much needed funding for human-relevant research - such as body-on-a-chip and gene-based medicine - which comes with a proven track record of success.

No member of the animal experimentation community will agree to take part in this level of public scientific scrutiny, so the EDM calls for the Government to mandate the hearing in order that new laws can be created quickly to protect human health and animals.

Ricky Gervais and Peter Egan lead the public support for this EDM with the help of celebrity Beagle Ambassador, beautiful rescued laboratory dog Scarlett, winner of the 2018 Daily Mirror Animal Hero, Inspirational Animal of the Year. Ricky and Peter are joined by many additional celebrities, including Downton Abbey's cook, played by actress Lesley Nicol; best selling author Jane Fallon; 'Dragon's Den' star Deborah Meaden; preeminent primatologist Dr. Jane Goodall and 'For the Love of Dog's' presenter, Paul O'Grady.

Please support me in asking the Government to mandate this fair call for public scientific hearing, as an urgent priority for all our sakes: for human patients, for man's best friend, our loyal and faithful dogs, and all other animals.

References

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

2. FDA Issues Advice to Make Earliest Stages Of Clinical Drug Development More Efficient. FDA, June 2006 

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

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

New exposé showing harrowing footage of the factory farming of laboratory dogs in the UK. 

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

Open Letter supporting EDM 175, led by Ricky Gervais, Peter Egan, Dr. Jane Goodall, Jane Fallon and Chris Packham.

Extensive and referenced quotes by pharmaceutical companies.

Award winning oncologist Dr. Azra Raza on the failure of animal models in the search for cures for cancer: watch the TED Talk.

Ricky Gervais in conversation with medical doctor Ray Greek, calling for the science hearing. For their full half hour conversation please visit this link.

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

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

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

Patients Campaigning For Cures

Americans and Europeans for Medical Advancement(AFMA/EFMA)

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