Important new science report flags up the ‘3Rs’ as blocking progress
Dr Andre Menache, who testified at the EU Parliament with on May 11th with the president of our medical Board Dr Ray Greek, has published an important new science report against using primates as claimed surrogate humans in medical research. Dr Menache’s report incudes a very important paragraph about the 3Rs’ EU legislation, which blocks progress by entirely failing to challenge the scientific validity of animal models, excerpt below:
An inherent weakness in all European Union AWERBs (as described in articles 26 and 27 of Directive 2010/63/EU) is the 3Rs framework (replacement, reduction, refinement), which does not challenge the validity of animals as models of human disease research. This legislative loophole effectively allows researchers to conduct animal experiments in the absence of scientific proof that animals are predictive and relevant with respect to human health (2, 3). This major flaw in EU legislation carries with it huge consequences for animal welfare and human disease research.
Not in Our Name!!
We agree with Dr Menache and entirely oppose the funding human-based research as part of the 3Rs, mistakenly named an ‘alternative replacement’. Human based research saves lives, animal models kill people, they’re opposites, not alternatives to each other. Words have meanings and their meanings have life and death consequences. Please visit this link to read Dr Menache’s report in full.
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