Animal Justice Project’s science advisor and esteemed figure in veterinary medicine and research, Andrew Menache, believes the legal concept of ‘silent fraud’ can help us make stronger arguments against animal-based research.
The cruel practice of vivisection has plagued schooling institutions for a while now, and let’s face it, it is as medieval as it is pointless. I am one in one of those said schools who still regularly commit this barbarity, and witnessing anymore of this brutality hidden behind the pathetic excuse of ‘learning’ became unbearable. As a 14 year old, I pretty much felt like I had no voice, no ability.
Now, more than ever before, individuals are empowered with the access to the information they need to make cruelty-free choices, writes Helen Wright, Director of Rooted: Plant-Based PR.
Change is coming to the way we eat, live and manage our resources – day by day, the vegan and plant-based movements are becoming more mainstream around the world.
The legal concept of ‘silent fraud’ can help us to make stronger arguments against the use of animal-based research, argues Andrew Menache, Animal Justice Project’s science advisor.
Michael Bracken, professor of epidemiology at Yale University School of Public Health complains: “For every 100 research projects, only half lead to published findings. Of those 50, half have significant design flaws, making their results unreliable. And of those 25, half are redundant or unnecessary because of previous work.”
These sentiments are echoed by Malcolm Macleod, professor of neurology at the University of Edinburgh: “Every week around 3500 new pieces of research involving animals are published … much of that work is at substantial risk of bias – and the effects observed in animals may be substantially overstated at a consequence.”
…However, there is a much more fundamental issue that animal researchers need to face. Let us assume, for a magic moment, that all researchers adopt and adhere to the guidelines, and perform their animal studies to the letter. Will the results of their animal data become more relevant to the human diseases they are intended to find treatments for?
It has been reported by the BBC that scientists have ‘successfully’ transplanted a bioengineered lung into a pig. It is claimed that this experiment demonstrates that human beings who are on the lung transplant list may now have an alternative. However, as with all animal experimentation, all is not as it seems when presented in a positive light to the public.
Animal Justice Project Science Advisor, Dr. Andre Menache gives his response to this experiment:
“Bioengineering is a hugely exciting field of modern medicine that includes discoveries such as stents, organ on a chip, MRI scans, the human genome project and 3D printing.
These discoveries owe much to advances in science and technology and very little, if anything, to animal experiments.
A cross-party group of MPs have said that ministers should consider an all-out ban on fur because consumers have been tricked into buying animal fur labelled as fake.
A report from the environment select committee has called for the government to launch a public consultation on banning all types of animal fur in upholstery and clothing. It criticised trading standards officers for a ‘complacent’ approach to enforcing the law.