Human Health: Not Animal Death!
Cambridge University continues to use cruel animal tests as a model for humans. The Animals (Scientific Procedures) Act 1986 permits experiments that may cause an animal “pain, suffering, distress or lasting harm” – put simply animal cruelty. Many different kinds of experiments take place across the UK. Painful and lethal diseases are inflicted on animals. Animals are isolated, starved, burned, blinded, poisoned and irradiated. The laboratory is a sterile, non-stimulating environment that prevents animals from displaying natural behaviours – which is cruel in and of itself.
We are told this suffering is a ‘necessary evil’ to protect the lives of humans, but remarkably this claim has never been fully, independently scientifically evaluated. Studies have shown that animals predict correctly for humans less than 50% of the time: worse than tossing a coin!*. However, each so called ‘replacement’ to unproven animal testing must go through endless validation processes.
Scientists are beginning to speak out against this dangerously unpredictive testing method. The Safer Medicines Campaign argues against the use of non-human animals as models for human beings on human health grounds alone. Money is wasted on animal testing because it produces more papers in the ‘publish or die’ world of academia. These funds could be used in human relevant research such as Microdosing, DNA chips and Computer modelling. We are calling on Cambridge University to divert all funds wasted on animal tests into non-animal studies – for the benefit of humans and non-humans alike.
*E.g. Perel, P and colleagues. British Medical Journal (2007) 27: 197–200; Hackam, DG and Redelmeier DA. Journal of the American Medical Association(2006) 296: 1731–1732; Bailey, J. Biogenic Amines, vol.19, N° 2, pp 97-146, May 2005.