LIVING WITHOUT CRUELTY
Do you believe that the search for a cure for cancer or for terrible brain conditions, such as Parkinson's, demands the use of animals? Do you believe that - unfortunate as it may be - if we want safe medicines they must first be tested on animals? Is it a choice between a laboratory rat and a beloved member of your family?
To mark World Day for Laboratory Animals, a live Question and Answer session took place here.
Answering questions were Animal Aid's Scientific Consultant, André Menache, and Kathy Archibald, Director of Europeans For Medical Advancement (EFMA), which campaigns for medical research that is effective and directly relevant to people.
The Live Q&A is now over, but you can still read the questions that were posted, along with our answers.
This video, narrated by Alan Davies, includes explicit lab footage and testimony from scientists and doctors to make a powerful moral and scientific case against animal experiments.
This introduction explains why Animal Aid believes that not only are animal experiments cruel and unethical, they do not work and have the potential to harm human health.
Meet the experts
Belgian-born André is a practising veterinary surgeon and scientific consultant to Animal Aid. He is listed in Who's Who in the World, Who's Who in Medicine and Healthcare and is a recipient of an achievement award from the International Biographical Centre in Cambridge. Andre's interests range from public health and patients' rights to non-animal medical research and clinical trials. He has co-organised and participated in several international congresses dealing with these subjects.
Kathy Archibald has a degree in Genetics from the University of Nottingham, and has worked for pharmaceutical and biotech companies on engineered protein drugs for heart attack patients, viral DNA detection systems, and glucose monitors for people with diabetes. For four years, until January 2004, she was the science consultant to Animal Aid and is now the director of EFMA.
EFMA is a non-profit research and educational institute dedicated to improving human health by modernising biomedical research. EFMA supports mainstream science-based medical research and medical care. EFMA opposes animal experimentation, based on overwhelming scientific evidence that findings from animal models cannot be reliably extrapolated to humans. EFMA believes that, far from helping us, animal experiments directly harm people, divert funds from genuinely useful research methods and are a major obstacle to medical progress today. EFMA communicates, through books and other publications, the urgent need to focus on research that is truly in the best interests of patients, rather than profits.
Coming soon from EFMA...
What Will We Do If We Don't Experiment On Animals? Medical Research for
the Twenty-first Century
(published May 2004)
"Finally, the answer to a question that has often been asked, yet never definitively answered.
"Drs. Ray and Jean Greek, authors of Sacred Cows and Golden Geese, and Specious Science, breathe much-needed fresh air into this controversial topic. No longer will anyone be able to claim there are no alternatives to using animals in research to promote human health.
"Even the staunchest defenders of animal experimentation admit that animals are far from perfect surrogates for humans. And yet these defenders continue to identify animals as the 'gold standard' in modeling human response to disease because, quite simply, there is no alternative. What Will We Do If We Don't Experiment On Animals takes that myth and discredits it.
"In a straightforward presentation aimed at providing the answer, Drs. Greek explain how medical discoveries have evolved and how today researchers are exploring fields of science that did not exist ten years ago. They reveal that animal experiments have now, in fact, become an obstacle to medical progress - often giving false leads, delaying the introduction of beneficial treatments, and exposing patients to serious and unnecessary health risks.
"They offer a fascinating, positive and informative glimpse into research technology in the twenty-first century - research that no longer involves animals - yet does benefit humans. From genomics to nanotechnology, this litany of resources conclusively verifies that research is no longer dependent on the animal model. The book What Will We Do If We Don't Experiment on Animals? is a 'must read' for those who have always wanted to know what we will do if we don't experiment on animals."
Dr. Ray Greek is the president of Americans For Medical Advancement and medical director of Europeans For Medical Advancement (www.curedisease.net).