Minister Meets with Researchers
Leading members of the science community met in Havant to discuss the pros
and cons of animal testing. Dr Ray Greek and Andre Menache, as well as Leigh
Park Councillor Faith Ponsonby, met yesterday with Havant MP David Willetts,
who is the science minister.
believes that testing on animals for new drugs should be massively reduced.
he believes more pharmaceutical testing should be on human tissue. They
believe animals such as rats have a very different biology to humans and
therefore the testing is not thorough enough.
said: 'It's time for 20th century animal researchers to catch up with 21st
century science, it's actually not a difficult choice.'
Ponsonby said: 'It may be the answers they are proposing may be able to
save an awful lot of money and make things a lot safer for patients.'
has come to the fore as budgetary pressures mean the amount the government
spends on scientific research may go down.
said: 'Britain has one of the most rigorous regimes in the world. It's hard
to see how we could cut out all clinical trials on animals.