· It is time someone debunked the myth "animal research saves human lives."
· It is time someone exposed the inherent medical and scientific invalidity of "the animal model of human disease" and the consequent failure of the biomedical research industry to find cures for cardiovascular diseases, cancer, diabetes, AIDS, muscular dystrophy, Alzheimer’s Disease, birth defects, spinal chord injury, or any of the many other diseases that have plagued human kind for decades.
· It is time the public learned that the animal -testing of chemical products - whether it be cosmetics, household/industrial chemicals, agricultural pesticides, pharmaceutical drugs or vaccines - is not only useless, but, in fact, dangerously misleading.
· It is time the public was made aware of the fact that animal-to-human organ transplantation, genetic engineering (transgenic animals) and cloning -the biomedical research industry’s latest "miracles" and "medical breakthroughs" - are nothing but total fraud.
· It is time someone made the public realise that human medicine cannot be based on veterinary medicine and that attaining health DOES NOT DEPEND ON A CHOICE BETWEEN RATS AND BABIES.
The public want medical research to go on but
without inflicting pain and suffering on innocent animals. Consequently,
they face a terrible dilemma every time the biomedical industry proclaims
that "animal research is an indispensible part of science and medicine."
They believe that vivisection works simply because they have never been informed about its medical and scientific invalidity.
Fortunately, nothing could be further from the truth. Animal research doesn’t work. It is medically and scientifically invalid. The problem is that the public never gets the chance to hear cogent arguments exposing the uselessness and counter-productiveness of animal research. On the contrary, all they hear from the industry-beholden media is news about "miracle drugs" and "medical breakthroughs" that are always "just around the corner" - all thanks to animal experimentation , of course.
The tragedy of vivisection can be stopped but only when the public realises that far from saving lives, animal research is an erroneous methodology, responsible for massive damages to human health, our environment and economy.
Animal experimentation is the alibi that makes the biggest business in the world possible. A huge business euphemistically called "Health Care" which is devouring two trillion dollars a year in the United States alone.
Animal experimenters try to justify the use of animals by claiming that animals are "similar" enough to human beings to warrant experimenting on them. The fact is that in the world of true science, the word "similar" is totally meaningless. If you were told that in the room next door there is no oxygen but a gas "very similar" to oxygen, would you go in? If you needed a blood transfusion but were told that there is no human blood available but only a substance "very similar" to human blood -such as chimpanzee blood - would you go for it? If I told you that my lotto numbers are "very similar" to the winning numbers, would you congratulate me?
Acknowledgments to SUPRESS
Where drugs are helpful -and some are- this
is DESPITE animal experiments and NOT BECAUSE of them; their safety
has only been proven through use in humans.
Dr. Werner Hartinger, surgeon, President of the German League of Doctors Against Vivisection, has stated:
"1. The fact that animal experiments have been and are still carried out is no proof that they are necessary, for there are many other reasons why they are performed.
Their existence also does not prove that the same or even superior discoveries could not have been achieved by other methods.
2. If a doctor prescribes medicaments and these are used by his patient, this does not mean that he/she is in agreement with their being ‘tested’ on animals or considers such ‘testing’ meaningful or valid. The results of the animal experiments are not accepted for the purpose of issuing licences for medicines for humans; all that is recognised is the ‘clinical testing and the evidence of safety for human use, and their relative safety is not attributable to the experiments, but to the required clinical tests made on humans.
3. Doctors critical of animal experimentation in no way reject medical research. Their unbiased experience does, however, lead them to the well-founded conclusion that the use of animals does not provide the necessary knowledge about human diseases or the safety of medicaments."
Thus patients can come to terms with their conflict
between conventional treatment and their feelings about animal experiments.
Increasingly, members of the medical profession are acknowledging the invalidity
of animal experimentation in human medicine.
The major medical discoveries over the last 150 years or so were made despite, and not because of, animal experimentation. As Dr. Brandon Reines, ( Doctor of Veterinary Medicine; Graduate Tufts University School of Veterinary Medicine, Boston; Specialist in the History of Medical Science & author of "History of Scientific Discovery") points out, animal experiments WERE carried out in the course of these major medical discoveries, as was human clinical observation and later clinical trials, BUT the animal experiments were not a part of the scientific process which led to the discovery.
Pro-vivisectionists such as the Research Defence Society use medical history to support animal experimentation, while medical historians such as Dr. Reines use it to denounce animal experimentation. So WHO do you think is more accurate?
Let us for a moment play devil’s advocate and assume that we cannot know WHO is telling the true version of things as they happened 50 years ago. Consider the following argument, then decide for yourself:
Animal experiments of themselves can be used to
prove, or to disprove, almost anything, depending on the species of laboratory
animal selected, the prevailing laboratory conditions, and of course, depending
on the funding source. One very good example illustrates this point clearly.
The injectable contraceptive Depo-provera has been used in several countries
around the world over the last few decades. It was, however, banned in
the USA by the FDA (Food and Drug Administration) on the strength of animal
tests which showed that the drug caused mammary cancer in Beagle dogs and
uterine cancer in baboons. Yet, a few years ago the FDA unbanned
the drug and now allows it to be marketed in the USA, on the strength of
20 years’ human experience in those countries which used Depo-provera
during that time, with apparently no ill-effects in all those women.
Conversely, Cyclosporin, a powerful anti-rejection drug causes severe kidney, liver and even nerve damage in man, but not in dogs and cats.
Some of the best arguments against relying on animal tests actually come from the research scientists themselves. Professor Gerhard Zbinden, a world-renowned toxicologist and former consultant to the World Health Organisation , stated: "most adverse reactions which occur in man cannot be demonstrated, anticipated or avoided by the routine subacute and chronic (animal) toxicity experiment".
Dr. Ralph Heywood, past scientific director of the Huntingdon Research Centre (UK) admitted in 1989 that : "the best guess for the correlation of adverse reactions in man and animal toxicity data is somewhere between 5% and 25%."
It is the vivisectors who are telling each other constantly of the extrapolative difficulties due to species differences. This is no myth . it is fact.
The main point is that there are similarities between animals and humans, but there are also innumerable differences, so that one cannot know whether one’s animal data wil be relevant to humans until the human is effectively experimented upon. It is all guesswork (as vivisector Dr. F. Coulston has admitted). How can mutilating, diseasing and killing animals be justified when the results of these experiments are always inconclusive and meaningless?
THE ANIMAL TESTS ARE MEANINGLESS BECAUSE OF COUNTLESS GENETIC, PHYSIOLOGICAL AND ANATOMICAL DIFFERENCES BETWEEN HUMANS AND ANIMALS RENDERING ANIMAL DATA FOR HUMAN MEDICAL RESEARCH UTTERLY UNRELIABLE.
Animal experimentation does not produce reliable results for human beings. On the few occasions where the animal tests give the same result as in man, it occurs in RETROSPECT, i.e. after the human damage has been done.
The fact that animal experiments are so "flexible"
(i.e. can be used to prove or to disprove almost anything), lends considerable
weight to the idea that historically, they could have been used to "prove"
what was already known from human clinical observation. There is no shortage
of modern-day examples to show how some scientists "cook" their results
in order to gain scientific prestige, or in order to obtain research grants.
Acknowledgments to Dr. Andre Menache, B.Sc (Hons),
President of Doctors and Lawyers for Responsible Medicine
& Dr. Tony Page, UKAVIS,
PO BOX 4746, LONDON SE11
Do we continue to do things the way we always
have ‘because that’s the way things have been done’? Or do we look for
new, scientific, more humane approaches?
When Einstein developed the theory of relativity, all physics changed and could never be the same again. We now need to make our own quantum leap in our thought processes with regards to health and disease and our methods of investigating them.
This won’t be easy, because all change brings uncertainty and discomfort, but it is blatantly clear that the old methods have made no significant impression on the chronic diseases which continue to bring suffering to humanity.
"It often happens that the universal belief of one age, a belief from which no one was free or could be free without an extraordinary effort of genius or courage, becomes to a subsequent age, so palpable an absurdity, that the only difficulty is to imagine how such an idea could ever have appeared credible."
John Stuart Mill