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PRESS RELEASE

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE, 22nd April 2020

As researchers across the world rush to test a coronavirus vaccine in people, without prior testing in animals, Ricky Gervais raises the vital question: is there any real scientific value in animal testing?

In a filmed conversation with medical doctor Ray Greek – to be published on social media for World Day for Laboratory Animals, 24th April – Ricky Gervais calls for a Government-mandated scientific hearing on animal experiments, judged by independent experts from the relevant fields of science. 

Founded upon current medical evidence, the hearing will expose the widely documented failure of animal tests in the search for human treatments and cures: a failure reported by the British Medical Journal [1] and Food and Drug Administration, which states that 9 out of 10 new human medicines fail in human clinical trials, because animals cannot predict human responses. [2] Pharmaceutical companies write openly about the failure of animal tests in their drug development process: [3] the US-based National Cancer Institute says we have lost cures for cancer because studies in rodents have been believed. [4] 

In their filmed conversation, Dr. Greek explains to Ricky why key biological differences between animals and humans lead to worthless and damaging results from animal experiments. Ricky Gervais says the outcome of this public science hearing “will be the greatest scientific discovery in the world: that animal testing doesn’t work, let’s stop it and put all this money into something that works… it’s a game changer.”

Ricky’s Facebook promo film – to be published on WDAIL, 24th April – will link to his full filmed conversation titled ‘Black, White and Vivisection,’ where Dr. Greek tells Ricky that a combination of outdated bogus claims about science and a multi-billion pound vested interest, dependent upon the continuation of animal experiments, are, today, real obstacles to finding human treatments and cures. 

Dr. Greek defeated plans by Cambridge University to build a multi-million pound primate laboratory, with a precedent ruling against the laboratory on ‘national interest, medical and scientific grounds’. Dr. Greek is president of Americans and Europeans for Medical Advancement (AFMA/EFMA) and co-developer with Dr. Niall Shanks of Trans-Species Modeling Theory (TSMT). Founded upon the Theory of Evolution, TSMT provides the scientific explanation for decades of evidence reporting the failure of animal testing.

Ricky will call upon MPs to sign new Parliamentary Early Day Motion 250, tabled by Dr. Lisa Cameron MP and calling for the science hearing: 

Says Ricky Gervais: “It’s time for the Government to mandate a thorough public scientific hearing on animal experiments and listen to expert judges who don’t have a vested interest in animal experimentation. Scientists publishing in peer reviewed science journals are clear that animal modelling of humans does not work; we need to listen to them because false science is still being used to fund appalling animal cruelty. That’s why I’m supporting Parliamentary EDM 250 and its call for a fair public science hearing.”

The hearing will lay the foundation for updating legislation, to prohibit animal modeling of human patients and redirect valuable funding towards state-of-the-art human-based research, such as body on a chip and gene-based medicine, in order to prioritise the arrival of effective human treatments and cures and end the suffering of laboratory animals.

The science hearing’s judges will include experts from the fields of clinical medicine, complexity / chaos theory, evolutionary biology, philosophy of science, clinical research, drug development and basic research.

The EDM’s science hearing is supported by its Patron Peter Egan, Dr. Jane Goodall, Chris Packham, Jane Fallon, Lesley Nicol and Paul O’Grady.

ENDS

For interviews please contact Louise Owen, founder and director of the science-based campaign For Life On Earth (FLOE) at floelouise@gmail.com or mobile 07751 873 389 

BACKGROUND 

Parliamentary EDM 250 opens with a tribute to rescued ex-laboratory dog Scarlett, who is Beagle Ambassador for the science-based campaign For Life On Earth (FLOE)  https://www.scarlettbeagle.org

The latest Home Office figures show that the numbers of dogs used in invasive experiments increased from 2,496 in 2017 to 2,909 in 2018. These experiments typically involve dogs being force fed chemicals for up to ninety days, with no pain relief or anaesthetic. 

Dr. Ray Greek defeated plans to build a multi-million pound primate laboratory at Cambridge University in 2002, with a precedent ruling on ‘national interest medical and scientific grounds’. Dr. Jane Goodall celebrated that victory in her filmed statement here https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=IDaMPJVVssI

REFERENCES 

1. BMJ 2014; 348: g3719 available here https://www.bmj.com/content/348/bmj.g3719

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

3. Referenced quotes by pharmaceutical companies against animal testing, available here: https://www.forlifeonearth.org/wp-content/uploads/2013/05/Pharmaceutical-Company-Quotes2.pdf

4. Gura T: Cancer Models: Systems for identifying new drugs are often faulty. Science 1997, 278 (5340): 1041-1042.

RESOURCES 

Parliamentary Early Day Motion 250 https://edm.parliament.uk/early-day-motion/56706/a-public-scientific-hearing-on-animal-experiments

Quotes by pharmaceutical companies against animal testing https://www.forlifeonearth.org/wp-content/uploads/2013/05/Pharmaceutical-Company-Quotes2.pdf

Dr Ray Greek’s organisation, Americans and Europeans for Medical Advancement (AFMA/EFMA)  https://www.afma-curedisease.org/

Patients Campaigning for Cures https://www.patientscampaigningforcures.org/

Campaign with rescued ex-laboratory dog Scarlett Beagle, winner of Daily Mirror Inspirational Animal of the Year, 2018 https://www.scarlettbeagle.org/

The science-based campaign For Life On Earth (FLOE) https://www.forlifeonearth.org/

New film with Ricky Gervais and Dr Ray Greek.

This is a groundbreaking new film with Ricky Gervais in conversation with Dr. Ray Greek about the medical failure of animal experiments for human patients.

Dr. Greek calls for the science hearing outlined in Parliamentary Early Day Motion 66 – watch this space for a new EDM!

With the start of the new Parliamentary session on October 14th 2019, EDM 66 has now closed. It continues to provide a valuable reference point, please watch this space for a new EDM.

150 cross party MPs have now signed our EDMs, many now front benchers and therefore not allowed to sign EDMs, including the leader of the Labour Party, Jeremy Corbyn MP, Zac Goldsmith MP and Diane Abbott MP.

FLOE on ‘Good Morning Britain’

FLOE’s Patron, Peter Egan, and one of our science consultants, Dr. Andre Menache, were guests on Good Morning Britain on Friday 22 February. This provided a perfect opportunity to expose the false claims of dog experimenter Prof. Dominic Wells.

Watch their interview here:

Peter Egan tweeted a with our consultant Dr Menache setting the record straight at the close of the film.

Experiments on dogs, and other animals, are now proven to be entirely incapable of predicting outcomes in humans. This position is widely reported in the peer reviewed scientific literature, including the British Medical Journal; by the FDA, the National Cancer Institute and pharmaceutical companies:

TAKE ACTION TO HELP!

Over 150 cross-party MPs have now signed four Parliamentary EDMs calling for a rigorous public scientific debate, about the vested interests’ claims: that animals can predict human responses. The debate will be judged by a panel of independent experts from the relevant fields of science. To ask your MP to sign the current EDM simply type in your postcode at this link and send your MP a letter today!

Scarlett Beagle wins Daily Mirror Inspirational Animal of the Year!

In a star studded event on 6th September, our beautiful new Beagle Ambassador Scarlett was awarded the Daily Mirror Animal Hero, Inspirational Animal of the Year award, because she is turning a terrible past into a bright future for all laboratory animals. Scarlett is helping us call for a rigorous public scientific debate – judged by independent experts from the relevant fields of science – about claims that toxicity testing on dogs and other animals can predict the responses of humans.

The Daily Mirror launched Scarlett’s award with this piece and made a wonderful film, below, including interviews with her parents Janie and Phil Green; recent horrifying undercover footage from a dog laboratory and an interview with FLOE, about current scientific knowledge that invalidates animal testing.

 

Scarlett walks the red carpet with her parents Janie and Phil Green:

 

 

Scarlett collects her award:

 

New website for the rigorous science hearing

Beautiful rescued ex-laboratory dog, Scarlett Beagle, has a brand new website to promote her project with Ricky Gevais and Peter Egan, as they continue to call for a rigorous public medical hearing about claims that animal experiments can predict the responses of human patients.

The hearing has debate conditions endorsed as “well set out and fair” by Britain’s foremost human rights defence barrister, Michael Mansfield QC – and will be judged by a panel of independent experts from the relevant fields of science.

Please visit this link, or the photo below, to arrive at the new website.

Ricky Gervais and Peter Egan introduce Scarlett, Beagle Ambassador for FLOE

We are delighted that Ricky Gervais and Peter Egan are featured in the first Welfare Special Edition of K9 Magazine, with a very special rescued laboratory dog, Scarlett, who is joining us as Beagle Ambassador for FLOE.

Scarlett spent the first two years of her life as an experimental subject in a toxicology laboratory. To read more about the conditions and experiments laboratory dogs have to endure please visit this link.

Scarlett will be helping Ricky and Peter call for a rigorous public scientific debate about claims that experiments on dogs – and other animals – can predict the responses of human patients.

Visit this link to read the brand new K9 Edition:

COVER K9 Magazine Issue 112 - Ricky Gervais & FLOE Ambassador Scarlett

Ricky’s piecehttp://www.k9magazine.com/ricky-gervais-on-why-animal-testing-is-failing/ links to the Open Letter to kitten experimenter Prof. Colin Blakemore – the UK’s main advocate for animal experiments – asking him to agree to take part in the scientific debate, which has conditions endorsed as “well set out and fair” by Michael Mansfield QC: the debate’s outcome will be judged by a panel of independent experts from the relevant fields of science.

Over 100 MPs are now calling for this science hearing; if you live in the UK, please visit this link to type in your postcode and ask your MP to sign the current EDM.

148 MPs have now signed five EDMs calling for a rigorous science hearing, to judge and end animal experiments.

148 MPs, to date, have now signed five Parliamentary EDMs calling for a rigorous science hearing to judge and end animal experiments. Many of those MPs cannot sign the present EDM because they are font benchers, and as such are no longer eligible to sign EDMs.

Caroline Lucas MP, EDM 66 for twitter

We’re delighted to be welcoming many brand new MPs to EDM 66 – including Alan Brown MP; Ronnie Cowan MP; Sir Edward Davey MP; David Drew MP; Tim Farron MP; Wera Hobhouse MP; Christine Jardine MP; David Linden MP and Christopher Stephens MP.

TAKE ACTION TO HELP!

Please ask your MP to sign the EDM; simply type in your post code at this link to send your MP a letter today.

TV star presenter of ‘For the Love of Dogs’ – Paul O’Grady – signs the Open Letter to kitten experimenter Colin Blakemore

We are so delighted to announce with K9 Magazine that the presenter of multi-award winning television programme For the Love of Dogs, Paul O’Grady, has signed the Open Letter to animal experimenter Prof. Colin Blakemore.

Paul joins signatories Ricky Gervais, Chris Packham, Peter Egan, Dr. Jane Goodall DBE Lesley Nicol, Jane Fallon, Rumer, Jill Robinson MBE and Rick Wakeman in the letter’s call for Prof. Blakemore to agree to participate in a rigorous public scientific debate, about his claims that animal experiments can predict the responses of human patients – in medical research and testing.

Please visit the news piece at K9 Magazine – and re-tweet their twitter announcement below!

Ricky Gervais and Chris Packham lead signatures on a Open Letter to Prof. Colin Blakemore

Ricky Gervais and Chris Packham join our Patron, Peter Egan, in signing an Open Letter with Dr. Jane Goodall DBE, Lesley Nicol, Jane Fallon, Rumer, Jill Robinson MBE, and Rick Wakeman. The letter will remain live at FLOE, to enable additional public figures to sign it.

The letter is addressed to the UK’s leading proponent of animal experiments, Prof. Colin Blakemore, calling for him to agree to debate his views in a rigorous public science hearing, overseen by independent experts from the relevant fields of science. These experts will judge claims, that results from animal experiments can predict the responses of human patients, in medical research and testing.

The Open Letter has been shared by K9 Magazine today, here is their tweet

In the tweet above, Ricky Gervais mentions a film of Prof. Blakemore, narrating his light deprivation experiments on kittens, for that film please visit this link.

For FLOE’s statement in full, with additional Resources and quotes by Ricky Gervais, Peter Egan and Chris Packham, please visit this link .

NOT TO BE MISSED! Supreme & accesible new science lecture at UBC

This is an extraordinary demonstration of complexity science experts exposing the fraud which is animal experimentation. Equip yourselves with these accessible arguments to understand how animal modelers are breaking every science rule in the book.

Animal experimenters are treating animals and humans as simple systems – when in truth animals and humans are examples of living complex systems.

Animal modelers base their crude experiments on reductionism, which is now proven not to apply to complex systems – and that is why animals experiments have a failure rate of 90 – 95%.

YOU CAN HELP!

We’re all keeping up vital pressure on animal modelers by asking them to take part in the rigorous public scientific debate, called for by MPs signing Parliamentary EDM 66. This debate will be judged by independent experts – and its outcome will end the funding of cruel and unscientific animal experiments.

To ask your MP to sign EDM 66 simply type in your post code at this link.