Why we can't trust animal experiments
Philip J Milton (WMN April 5) doesn't like the use of emotive pictures and statistics by Animal Aid to garner support from the public as opposed to letting the facts speak for themselves when they expose the horrors and fraud of vivisection now called animal experiments or procedures.
If these experiments and procedures were humane, as he claims, then why do the experimenters need a licence before they carry them out? If the same procedures were carried out by us on our pets or domesticated animals we would be rightly prosecuted for cruelty.
His admission that mainly mice and rats are used because they breed quickly but also because they are easy to handle and are cheaper than cats, dogs and monkeys – much cheaper – is nearer to the truth that he realises, as well as the fact that the public are squeamish about the use of the aforementioned animals, especially chimps.
Of course, using animals to predict for humans is not very scientific, as any first-year biology student knows. Species difference invalidates any information gained from one animal and cannot be safely extrapolated to another.
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As for the industry being highly regulated, this is just a smokescreen to con the public's conscience, as with around 25 inspectors to oversee over three million experiments per year is an impossibility!
Listen to Ernst Boris Chain, co-discoverer of penicillin with Florey & Flemming at the thalidomide trial, in 1970, under oath. He said: "No animal experiment with a medicament, even if it is carried out on several animal species including primates under all conceivable conditions, can give any guarantee that the medicament tested in this way will behave the same in humans, because in many respects the human is not the same as the animal."
Animal studies are done for legal reasons, not for scientific reasons.
The predictive value of such studies is meaningless – which means that our research may be meaningless. So said Dr J D Gallagher, director of Medical Research at Lerdle labs, as recorded in the Journal of the American Medical Association (March 14, 1964).
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