What a week we’re having! Downton Abbey stars Peter Egan and Lesley Nicol are advertising Parliamentary EDM 373 which highlights our new campaign (less than a year old!). We are simply thrilled to pieces that such influential stars are beginning to tweet this issue as one of great trauma and concern for human patients too. THANK YOU to both these great actors for their amazing dedication and help.
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No sane parent would ever take their sick child to the veterinary clinic for treatment, and at last animal models are being exposed as the damaging, malpractice they truly are proved to be by current medical expertise, increasingly highlighted by scientific journals including the British Medical Journal.
Please click on the image below to ask your MP to sign EDM 373, which calls for a thorough, public scientific debate hearing about the false claims that animal models are able to ‘predict’ the responses of human patients:
This is a helpful document which is referenced, and provides fifty examples of failed experiments on animal models which have led to human deaths; please read more.
We are honored to be highlighted in the new Parliamentary EDM 373, please click on the image below to send your MP up-to-date information about current medical understanding, so that old school activists from the animal model community can be held to thorough, public scientific account in debate hearings that will be overseen by independent judges from the relevant fields of scientific expertise.
We are not yet a year old, yet we are already being named and recognized in Parliament by a new Early Day Motion, number 373, tabled by Kelvin Hopkins MP and calling for the false claims that animal experiments can ‘predict’ the responses of human patients to be held to effective public scientific account.
Britain’s foremost human rights defence barrister Michael Mansfield QC has endorsed the debate conditions for EDM 373, which require a senior scientist from the animal experimentation community to agree face his/her medical opposition in open, fair debate with Dr Ray Greek, the president of our medical Board which leads its field. The British Medical Journal reflects the need for this thorough scientific debate hearing in its Editor’s Choice published in June 2014 titled How Predictive and Productive is Animal Research? This article concludes by quoting the paper it cites:
“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.”
Please ask your MP to sign this historic EDM, simply click on the image below to type in your post code and go from there:
Our founder, Rebecca Groves, is a very inspiring 27 year old young lady who has multiple sclerosis. Rebecca’s life is constantly enriched and uplifted by the devoted companionship of her gorgeous Jack Russel dog, Patch, and Rebecca also always buys Cruelty Free products. So this post about Cruelty Free International’s (CFI) misleading statements about medical science is not published lightly.
CFI are asking people to help fund their court case against the Govt.’s decision to allow B&K Universal’s beagle breeding unit to keep dogs indoors – this is a moral issue about animals not being given access to outside runs. However, CFI do not limit their evidence to animal cruelty issues and have, much to our great sadness and alarm, published false statements about science on their website and in The Times to support their court case, details below:
The Govt. falsely argue that infections, which may be caught by dogs spending time in outside runs, would impact on their ability to predict the responses of human patients and ‘could potentially invalidate any experiment they are used in’. CFI respond by stating the opposite, that there’s ‘greater risk of experiments being distorted if dogs were kept indoors”. Both positions are medically false, and cloud the very grave medical truth that such animal experiments are now already proven to be entirely invalid for human medical research; please visit our science Board for more on this.
It is solely up-to-date medical understanding – about crucial differences in evolutionary biology, which have evolved over millions of years – that now invalidates the continued use of cruel experiments on animals, falsely claimed able to ‘predict’ the responses of human patients. This scientific fact has absolutely nothing to do with whether dogs have access to the outside, or if they are kept indoors. To be perfectly honest we are surprised that CFI is serious about asking for donations to fund a court action based on the outside run issue, but we will be keeping a close eye on developments and will comment where appropriate.
The experts who represent us are the foremost in their field, and their position, thankfully, is increasingly becoming the focus of leading scientific journals, including the British Medical Journal which published its Editor’s Choice in June 2014, titled ‘How Predictive and Productive is Animal Research?’ (the full article is available here ). You can listen to the president of our medical Board, Dr Ray Greek, testifying at an EU Parliament science hearing earlier this year, below:
Please click on the image below to type in your post code and ask your MP to sign Parliamentary EDM 373. This EDM has been tabled by Kelvin Hopkins MP and calls for properly moderated public scientific debates about the false claims that animal models are able to ‘predict’ the responses of human patients. These science debate hearings have conditions endorsed by Britain’s foremost human rights defence barrister Michael Mansfield QC, and will be overseen by independent judges from the scientific community.
Two of the most common false claims from the PR organisation for animal experimentation – ‘Understanding Animal Research’ (UAR) – are that penicillin and insulin would never have been discovered without the use of animal models – specifically dogs regarding the insulin claim. Both these claims are untrue and could be proved as such if UAR would agree to our called for medical debate hearing.
The following documents give a referenced history of the discovery of penicillin and insulin, and demonstrate that a) animal experimentation actually delayed the use of penicillin for humans for over a decade, because it has no effect on rabbits and b) insulin was derailed for humans becuase experiments on dogs led scientists to believe it was a liver disease. Here’s the penicillin document and here’s insulin document.
We support FLOE’s call for UAR to agree to debate our experts, supported by many MPs including Paul Flynn MP, Jeremy Corbyn MP, Diane Abbott MP, Sir Greg Knight MP, Gordon Henderson MP and Caroline Lucas MP. No scientist from UAR will agree to the MPs’ called for thorough medical debate hearing, which would be overseen by independent judges from the relevant fields of scientific expertise, qualified and capable of reaching a decision about such medical history.
The BBC television news covered hundreds of campaigners who marched with their beagles to B&K Universal’s animal breeding site on 16th August. Spokesperson for the campaigners Oppose B&K Universal, Alex Irving, gave interviews highlighting the fact that science now understands how and why beagles – and other animals – fail as predictive models for humans, both in drug testing and disease research. We are supporting the BBC’s focus on campaigners’ call for properly moderated public scientific debates:
It’s a sign of the times when a director of a Beagle breeding unit (B&K Universal) has to take his second planning appeal – refused twice by East Riding Council – to the Government, in order to secure permission to breed Beagles for laboratory experiments, falsely claimed able to ‘predict’ the responses of human patients.
No one wants this Beagle unit, not even East Riding Council!! Current science now proves why animals will never be able to predict the responses of human patients. At least twenty papers have been accepted by peer reviewed science journals highlighting this position, and the Editor in Chief at the British Medical Journal further agrees in her Editors choice, June 2014, 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”.
The Secretary of State for local communities has bowed to pressure from one community only – animal experimentation lobbyists – and overturned a wise decision to now allow an expansion which unequivocally fails human patients.
We admire the locals in Grimston, Hull, who have fought this expansion for 5 years and who will continue to fight it. We support the science-based campaign For Life On Earth (FLOE): our medical Board illustrates their evidence. FLOE gave an important interview for the BBC on the day of the decision, calling for B&K Universal to submit a scientist for a thorough medical debate hearing with our experts. Please listen below. The conditions for this hearing, which will be presided over by independent judges from the scientific community, have been endorsed by Michael Mansfield QC.
Please sign our petition! It calls for the PR organisation for the animal model community – ‘Understanding Animal Research’ – to stop wasting time and agree to submit the name of a scientist to debate our experts, in the called for medical hearing. Please SIGN and SHARE our petition here.
An amazing giant Beagle is touring the UK, raising money for precision medicine: human-relevant Cancer Research Wales, a charity that understands the need for human-based research, not mice-based data!!!
Please DONATE to Cancer Research Wales, via the Big Beagle’s Just Giving page.
The girls taking this gorgeous #BigDog for his walks round the UK have been inspired by the amazing positivity of Stephen Sutton and one of his last bucket wishes: “to hug an animal bigger than me”. So Gina, Alex and Debbie have built a giant dog which has, this week, visited the stars at Hollyoaks; walked across the Humber Bridge; visited Manchester United and K9 at Doctor Who; appeared on BBC TV news and radio and is going places!!!
Please follow this gorgeous dog on facebook and twitter – be part of his life’s journey. Thank you 🙂
Well, last month our campaign hit a new milestone! On May 11th, Doctor Ray Greek testified at the EU parliament hearing, against the testing of human medicines and disease research on animals and he did a great job! He explained that disease research and the testing of medicines on animals is in fact preventing new human medicines from being discovered. This is a big milestone in our campaign because the next stage is to hold a moderated, scientific debate, which is what we have been wanting for a long time.
This is really exciting for us, knowing that we are one step closer to our goal. I would like to take this opportunity to thank you all for your support and interest in this campaign and for taking the time to read up and educate yourselves on this very important issue, that affects so many of us and is holding back the progress of new cures and treatments for many life-changing and life threatening illnesses. If you would like more details on the EU parliament hearing, please have a look on our website http//patientscampaigningforcures.org or YouTube. Please continue to support us in anyway you can, as we are getting ever closer to reaching our goal.