Sunday, 20 April 2008

World Lab Animal Day

Thursday 24th April is World Lab Animal Day. Many of you may not know that MEPs have just voted to adopt a Written Declaration calling for an end to experiments using apes and wild-caught monkeys and for a timetable to be established to phase out all experiments on monkeys. It would be nice if UK Universities took this opportunity to realise that experimenting on animals is an old and useless science and stopped all its animal experiments. The near-fatal TGN1412 drug trial had proved 'safe' in monkeys who were given doses 500 times that of the humans. The way forward is in modern technology and much more reliable methods using tissue and other models. The European Parliament have recognised this. For more information on animal vivisection go to www.buav.org, www.ad-international.org or www.drhadwentrust.org.uk.

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