release: Leading Health Researchers Lie about SSPCA Support
Scotland for Animals has condemned Edinburgh University's Roslin Institute
for misleading the public regarding their use of animals in experiments.
They claim the Scottish Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals
support animal experiments as necessary to find cures and treatments for
Institute Director, Professor David Hume, circulated this statement to members
of the public concerned about Roslin's use of animals in their research
for Animals' Spokesman John Patrick stated "We contacted SSPCA CEO
Stuart Earley who has confirmed that this is untrue and that they are completely
opposed to animal experiments. If Roslin Institute is being so brazenly
economical with the truth here how can we be expected to believe their claims
that their animal experiments are necessary?"
to the Institute's project to replicate Cystic Fibrosis in genetically modified
pigs Stuart Earley told Scotland for Animals that in light of the SSPCA's
opposition to the use of animals "it is highly inappropriate if Roslin
are quoting us in letters as being supportive of this initiative".
He added that their policy statement outlining their opposition to animal
experimentation is "pretty emphatic".
for Animals is campaigning for action on animal testing from MSPs and the
Scottish Government and demanding a public inquiry into the massive rise
in animals used and killed in research in Scotland which saw a 42% rise
in just one year.
Patrick added "We have huge public support for our campaign. As a result,
animal researchers in Scotland are under the spotlight like never before
and know they can no longer rely on the "trust me - I'm a doctor"
line they've taken in the past."
treated the public as if they're daft and now they're under new scrutiny
they appear to be resorting to misinformation and false claims to justify
their increasingly indefensible activities."
Roslin Institute to abuse the name of the SSPCA, one of Scotland's most
respected animal protection organisations, to cover their backs is particularly
Scotland for Animals have arranged a meeting at the Scottish Parliament
with Dr Ray Greek and Dr Andre Menache, leading experts on non-animal research,
for 5th October. They will be providing scientific testimony that
animal experiments are not only causing suffering to animals but costing
human lives and hampering the discovery of cures and treatments for disease.
Patrick said "Scotland could be a world leader in non-animal research
providing jobs, investment and tackling our country's woeful health record.
Reliance on vivisection is literally killing us. We're ready to state our
case against it. And now that they're being held to account the Scottish
Government and pro-vivisection scientists seem to be running scared."
more information on Dr Greek go to: http://www.curedisease.com/directors.html
560,000 animals were used and killed in experiments in Scotland in 2008
(last set of figures available) (1)
92% of new drugs successful in animal studies go on to fail in clinical
82% of doctors in an independent survey in 2004 were "concerned that
animal data can be misleading when applied to humans" and 83% would
"support an independent scientific evaluation of the clinical relevance
of animal experimentation." (3)
Despite claims that it is essential no evaluation has been carried out regarding
the efficacy or effectiveness of animal experiments (4)
Many studies have shown that animals predict correctly for humans less than
50% of the time: worse than tossing a coin (5)
More than 10,000 people are killed every year in the UK by side effects
of prescription medicines (6)
Home Office figures released 2009
(2) Lester Crawford, FDA Commissioner, in The Scientist 6.8.04 "More
compounds failing Phase I" / US Food and Drug
Administration (2004) Innovation or Stagnation, Challenge and Opportunity
on the Critical Path to New Medical Products.
(3) Survey conducted by TNS Healthcare; see http://www.curedisease.net/news/040903.shtml
(4) "Government has not commissioned or evaluated any formal research
on the efficacy of animal experiments and has no plans to do so." Home
Office Minister Caroline Flint, 2004.
"the reliability and relevance of all existing animal tests should
be reviewed as a matter of urgency." Toxicology Working Group of the
House of Lords Select Committee on Animals in Scientific Procedures, 2002.
(5) GAO/PEMD-90-15 FDA Drug Review: Postapproval Risks 1976-1985.
(6) Pirmohamed, M. British Medical Journal 2004;329:15-19
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