Animal experimentation: Mice cured of cancer...but there's still hardly
any medication available for humans after years of animal tests.
British Union for the Abolition of Vivisection (BUAV) does not share the
view of Malacca Chief Minister Datuk Seri Mohd Ali Rustam on non-human tests
as reported in The Malay Mail on April 26, 'Malacca still mulling over animal
test lab plan'. We do not believe that animals are here to be exploited
by human beings. The fact these creatures will be subjected to experimentation
or testing of drugs is unequivocal proof they will be treated cruelly —
by any common definition of the word. Moreover, contrary to what the Chief
Minister states, people campaigning on animal protection issues are usually
vegetarian and often vegan.
is opposed to the construction of an animal testing facility in Malacca
for both ethical considerations and the lack of scientific validity of using
animals in research. Its Chief Minister wrongly believes that animal experiments
play a major role in curing major human diseases, but the facts speak for
themselves. For example, not one of the 85 or more AIDS vaccines tested
successfully' on primates had worked in human patients.
1,000 potential neuroprotective stroke treatments have been tested in animal
'models' but none of the 150 that progressed to human trials has proved
successful. A former director of the US National Cancer Institute once remarked:
"The history of cancer research has been the history of curing cancer
in the mouse. We have cured mice of cancer for decades and it simply didn’t
work in human beings."
knowledgeable about this issue have also stated that animal tests are unreliable.
A US Food and Drug Administration (FDA) statement, released on Jan 12, 2006,
said that nine out of 10 experimental drugs fail in clinical studies because
it could not accurately predict how they would behave in people, based on
laboratory and animal studies. This means that even after all the animal
tests, less than one in 10 drugs actually made it to become prescription
is a massive failure rate, which the US FDA, one of the main drug regulators
in the world, acknowledges. Far from demonstrating that animal research
is 'vital' for human health and safety, such facts should make the average
person seriously question these cruel and archaic practices. It is true
that animal experiments have been used for hundreds of years, but it is
time to move on. In the 21st century, we have technological options not
available before — computer modelling, human cell and tissue cultures,
microdosing, sophisticated imaging and analysis.
is a huge range of nonanimal research techniques that, as well as being
a more humane approach to science, can also be cheaper, quicker and more
effective. Hence, we urge the Malaysian government to put an end to the
negotiations between India-based Vivo Biotech and the State government-owned
Melaka Biotech, and not embark on the controversial business of animal research.
Kite, Director of Special Projects, BUAV.