The highly regarded cancer specialist Dr. Azra Raza gave her TED Talk in 2015, explaining why we MUST STOP funding mice models of cancer, if we are to help find effective treatments and cures for human patients:
An increasing number of expert doctors and scientists – outside the vested interests of animal-based research – agree that animal models hold no predictive value for human patients. Experts who have published on this position are too numerous to name here, but include Dr Fiona Godlee, Editor in Chief of the British Medical Journal, who published her Editor’s Choice in June 2104, titled How predictive and productive is animal research? This article concluded by quoting from the paper it cited:
‘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.’ (Emphasis added).
Pharmaceutical companies also acknowledge the failure of animal models in their drug development process and write about this openly and often in the scientific literature. Please visit this link for 50 examples of animal testing that have led to human deaths.
But above all, our medical Board has recently delivered Trans-Species Modelling Theory (TSMT) which explains exactly how and why animals are shown, time and time again, to fail the search for effective human treatments and cures. TSMT is founded upon current understanding of evolutionary biology and complex systems. How many people today would risk their lives going to the veterinary clinic, instead of attending a specially trained human medical specialist?
Progress is building in Parliament!
136 MPs have now signed four Parliamentary Early Day Motions, calling for a rigorous scientific debate hearing to stop the continued funding of such failed animal models. Please ask your MP to sign the current Early Day Motion 400 at this link.