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PRESS RELEASE – FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE – 21st June 2021

Ricky Gervais and After Life co-star, Peter Egan, launch campaign to uncover harrowing footage of the factory farming of laboratory dogs in the UK.

Ricky Gervais and After Life co-star, Peter Egan, today launch a campaign to uncover harrowing footage showing the factory farming of laboratory dogs, right here in the UK. 

The footage filmed at MBR Acres reveals panic-stricken distress cries of thousands of Beagles, who are imprisoned indoors for their entire lives. The sounds of dogs crying for help crescendos 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 up dogs are loaded onto a lorry, to be transported to laboratories across the UK.

As a nation of dog lovers, the Government’s new Animal Sentience Bill enshrines in law the ability of animals to experience joy, and feel suffering and pain.

MBR Acres agrees that their dogs are trained to be laboratory ready, including offering a paw for injections and accepting paper cups on their faces, in anticipation of wearing a gas mask. MBR Acres breeds between 1,600 and 2,000 dogs annually; from 16 weeks old the dogs are sold to laboratories across the UK, to be used in toxicity experiments that can involve being force fed chemicals every day for up to 90 days with no pain relief or anaesthetic. The dogs are killed at the end of the experiments.

Says Ricky Gervais: “I’m deeply shocked to learn that thousands of beautiful Beagles are intensively bred, right here in the peace of the British countryside, for painful and terrifying toxicity experiments that are also now proven to entirely fail the search for human treatments and cures. That’s why my campaign with rescued ex-laboratory dog, Scarlett Beagle, is so important: please help us raise awareness of this appalling state of affairs. Help me ban the factory farming of dogs, with a thorough public scientific hearing to judge the outdated and false claims about human medicine, which continue to fund this terrible cruelty to man’s best friend.”

Says Peter Egan: “With the recent passing of Finns Law Part Two, cruelty to dogs and other animals comes with an up to five years prison sentence. I am appalled, therefore, to learn that thousands of dogs are incarcerated in intensive breeding units, right here in the UK, to prepare them for frightening and painful experiments that can involve being force-fed chemicals for up to 90 days, with no pain relief or anaesthetic. Experts in the scientific community report widely on the failure of these procedures in the search for human treatments and cures, including the Editor in Chief of the British Medical Journal and the FDA, which states that nine out of ten new medicines fail to pass clinical trials because animals cannot predict human responses. Please join me, and cross-party MPs, in calling for a rigorous public scientific hearing, to ban the outdated and false claims about human medicine which continue to fund this terrible cruelty.”   

Ricky Gervais and Peter Egan are helping to launch new Parliamentary Early Day Motion 175 (EDM) tabled by Dr. Lisa Cameron MP, Chair of the All Party Parliamentary Group for Dog Welfare (APDAWG). The EDM calls for the Government to mandate a rigorous public scientific hearing on claims that experiments on dogs, and other animals, can predict the responses of human patients. The hearing will judged by independent experts from the relevant science fields – including clinical research, evolutionary biology, basic research, chaos theory, complexity science, philosophy of science and drug development. Never before has a panel of independent science experts judged a science hearing on animal testing.

The EDM’s called-for science hearing can quickly stop funding for the outdated practice of trying to model humans using animals, and increase funding for state-of-the-art human-based research – such as body-on-a-chip and gene-based medicine – which comes with a proven track record of success.

The EDM’s called-for science hearing can quickly stop finance of the outdated practice of trying to model humans using animals, and immediately increase funding for state-of-the-art human-based research – such as body-on-a-chip and gene-based medicine – which comes with a proven track record of success for human patients.

Says medical doctor Ray Greek, president of Americans and Europeans for Medical Advancement: “An immense body of empirical evidence has supported the position that animal models offer no predictive value for human response to drugs and disease. But perhaps more importantly, recent developments in evolutionary and developmental biology, genetics, gene regulation, gene expression, and gene networks gained in large part as a result of the Human Genome Project, in addition to advances in understanding complex systems, have significantly increased our understanding of why animals have no predictive value for human response to drugs or the pathophysiology of human diseases.” 

Says Dr. Lisa Cameron MP: “I’m delighted to be the primary sponsor for the new Parliamentary EDM 175, calling for a fair and rigorous public scientific hearing on animal experiments. Dogs are man’s best friend, yet thousands of Beagles are bred every year in the UK, for painful toxicity experiments that are today widely reported to be failing the search for human treatments and cures. Please join me in asking the Government to mandate this science hearing: ask your MP to sign EDM 175 to stop the funding of a failed practice and accelerate funding for human-based research, such as body on a chip and gene-based medicine, which comes with a track record of success.” 

TAKE ACTION TO HELP RICKY AND PETER!

Please ask your MP to sign the new Parliamentary EDM 175, simply type in your postcode at this link to write to your MP today: http://forlifeonearth.eaction.online

The EDM’s hearing is urgently needed because the Government is currently under the influence of outdated lobbyists from the animal testing sector, first institutionalised in 1847 by a doctor who went on to reject the Theory of Evolution.

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, these experts include scientists in the pharmaceutical industry; Dr. Fiona Godlee, Editor in Chief of the British Medical Journal, who concluded her Editor’s Choice with the following statement: “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.” [1]  The Food and Drug Administration states that 9 out of 10 new medicines fail to pass human trials because animals cannot predict responses in humans; [2] and the US-based National Cancer Institute says cures for cancer have been lost because studies in rodents have been believed. [3]

The medical field against using animal experiments for human patients is today led by Drs. Ray Greek and Niall Shanks: their Trans-Species Modelling Theory (TSMT) joins other great science Theories, such as the Theory of Evolution and Einstein’s Theory of Relativity, in explaining why something always occurs: in this case TSMT places decades of empirical evidence into the wider context of current understanding of evolutionary biology and complexity science, to explain why 90% of animal-tested drugs fail to pass human/clinical trials. [4]

ENDS

For interviews please contact Louise Owen, director of the science-based campaign For Life On Earth (FLOE). Emailfloelouise@gmail.com; UK mobile: 07751 873 389 

REFERENCES 

1.BMJ 2014;348:g3719 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. 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.

RESCOURCES

New exposé showing the factory farming of laboratory dogs in the UK

Ricky Gervais and Peter Egan’s campaign with rescued laboratory dog Scarlett Beagle.

Drs. Greek and Shanks’ Trans-Species Modeling Theory

Patients Campaigning for Cures

The science-based campaign For Life On Earth 

Dr. Jane Goodall celebrates the precedent ruling by a Government Inspector – on ‘national interest medical and scientific grounds’ – enabling Drs. Greek and Shanks to defeat plans by Cambridge University to build a multi-million pound primate laboratory: watch Dr. Goodall’s short film.

Press Release for WDAIL 2020

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 .