Posted: 4 May 2006
This year the UK has become the vivisection capital of Europe with 2.85 million experiments on animals performed in 2004: you can tell your MP that it must change now!
The recent TGN1412 drug trial disaster, where several healthy volunteers were turned into “Elephant men” after being injected with a drug previously tested on monkeys, has once more shown that animal testing is not only unethical but also dangerous and unreliable. While countries such as Japan are investing in safer, animal-free testing facilities, animal experiments have reached their highest level for over a decade in the UK.
You can support Animal Defenders International, the National Anti-Vivisection Society and the Lord Dowding Fund for Human Research by calling or writing to your MP to tell them to sign Early Day Motion 2088, tabled by David Taylor MP. This EDM calls on the Government to increase funding for alternative scientific techniques and new technology advances to replace animal experiments.
That this House notes with deep disappointment that 2.85 million experiments were performed on animals in the UK in 2004; is extremely concerned that animal experiments have risen in the UK for the past three years, reaching their highest level for over a decade; further notes that the recent TGN1412 drug trial has highlighted the problem of relying upon animal test data; supports the development of new technology such as accelerator mass spectrometry (AMS), which allows the accurate analysis of micro-doses of experimental drugs; acknowledges that such a system can replace the use of animals, thus avoiding the problem of species differences, representing a safer method of testing experimental drugs for human volunteers; regrets that the UK has only one AMS facility, whilst countries such as Japan have several; supports the campaign led by the National Anti-Vivisection Society and Lord Dowding Fund for Humane Research (LDF) for the replacement of animals in research; congratulates the LDF for funding over £2 million in medical research since 1973; condemns the small minority of violent extremists as unrepresentative of people opposed to animal experiments but supportive of modern medical research; and calls on the Government to increase funding to techniques to replace animal experiments through the NC3Rs centre.