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HAZARD OF PIG ORGANS IN HUMANS

Posted 3 January 2002
Pigs

A press statement from Animal Aid on the 'Pig Cloning' announcement by PPL Therapeutics

PPL Therapeutics claim their new cloned piglets will help to remedy the organ shortage. But the unquantifiable risk inherent in this technology was acknowledged last February in a key report by UKXIRA (UK Xenotransplantation Interim Regulatory Authority), the government's official advisory body. Xenotransplantation could introduce a new infection to the human race - most likely viral - which could be devastating. In the past 20 years, 30 newly-emerging diseases have been identified - ALL of them acquired from animals.

Said Dr. Ray Greek MD, Medical Director of Europeans for Medical Advancement, and scientific advisor to Animal Aid:

"Imagine a disease like AIDS or Ebola that could spread like the common cold. The risk is simply not worth taking, especially when there is a range of other solutions that are infinitely more viable, not least economically. Organ donation could be substantially increased; the demand for kidneys could be entirely met through live donations; artificial organs and techniques of organ repair are improving rapidly. Above all, demand could be drastically reduced through health education."

Said Director of Animal Aid, Andrew Tyler:

"The story of xenotransplantation research is marked by biotech company hype and baseless claims of imminent 'breakthroughs'. The whole project is scientifically unfeasible, causes immense suffering to animals, poses a major disease transmission risk to the general population, and cruelly raises the hopes of people with organ failure. We will all be the winners if xenotransplantation research is halted. Except, of course, the pharmaceutical and biotech companies, which have their eyes on a $8-9 billion market. In fact, this project is principally about economic gain. It is no coincidence that the price of PPL's shares, which had been in the doldrums, soared from 24.5p to 77.5p following this latest 'breakthrough' announcement."

Hundreds of monkeys and baboons have been consumed in unspeakably cruel experiments to see how long they could survive with pig organs instead of their own. The extreme suffering of wild-caught primates at Huntingdon Life Sciences was exposed by Uncaged Campaigns in their "Diaries of Despair" - see www.xenodiaries.org for the harrowing story and in-depth analysis.

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