AR-News: Alliance for responsible science
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Tue Apr 20 23:49:36 EDT 2004
ALLIANCE FOR RESPONSIBLE SCIENCE
The European Commission project, REACH - Regulation Evaluation
Authorisation of Chemicals - proposes that, by 2020, 100,000 chemicals are
to be tested, using 92 million rodents. If this goes ahead, in addition to
the laboratory animal carnage, successive generations of humans, domestic
animals and the environment will be irreversibly poisoned for decades to
come. The chemical industry is opposing this plan as it will have to pay for
it and many chemicals will be rejected by these animal tests : none of which
have any relevance to human welfare.
Dr Claude Resiss, President of Doctors and Lawyers for Responsible
Medicine, has proposed a Scientific Toxicology Programme.
This programme provides a rigorous and reliable assessment of the adverse
effects a given chemical may have on human cells and tissues. The methods
provide toxic risk assessment valid for humans, including acute, short- term
and chronic, long-term toxicities. The results can be replicated at will,
and are reproducible from lab to lab. This should satisfy parties interested
in the protection of human health. The methods involved are very fast. They
can provide definitive results within hours, days at most, valid for humans,
while animal experimentation lasts for months and years and yield results
valid only for animals.
The methods can be robotized, hence facilitating the screening of
hundreds of thousands of chemicals simultaneously, at varied doses on a
variety of cell types (liver, kidney, neuronal). Automatic data collection,
processing and display of the resultsand the interpretation can be
provided. Once the test laboratory has been equipped, the cost of the tests
is a fraction of that of animal experimentation. These features should
satisfy industrial parties, who would spend less, get the results fast,
improve their public image and avoid legal actions.
Environmentalists would get the test results fast enough for taking action
before irreversible damage was done to the environment. ... Animal
experimentation, handled cleverly, permits almost any chemical, even the
most dangerous, to be declared safe. When it comes to human health, animal
testing is a mere mockery.
Will we go on tolerating dangerous products infiltrate our homes and our
food just because they were declared safe by these flawed tests?
DLRM and its companion organisations within the Alliance For Responsible
Science believe the only way to overcome this blockade which the EC/lndustry
propose, is by reliable toxicity assessment valid for humans. It can be
demonstrated that such a scientific toxicology programme would identify,
undisputedly, in a matter of hours, chemical substances dangerous to humans.
We have decided that action is urgently needed without delay - NOW. But this
can only be achieved with your support!
Such a programme could be applied to three groups of chemicals: (i) a
list of drugs which had been withdrawn because of lethal side-effects in
patients, despite the fact they, had been tested extensively on animals;
(ii) a list of pesticides commonly present in our food and environment; and
(iii) a list of food additives (preservatives, colourings and other
E-numbers). To this end we would set up a facility equipped with the
material required for our tests. We are launching a campaign to raise the
necessary funds for setting up this facility.
We could test a limited number of chemicals with £100,000. With
£1.000,000 we could set up a lab for fully testing hundreds of chemicals per
week. We will also approach NGOs (environmental, animal welfare etc.) and
sponsors. But we need your help, whatever the amount, as a special and
dedicated encouragement. Dr Reiss.
THE IMPORTANCE OF THIS PROJECT CANNOT BE OVER-EMPHASISED.
On grounds of animal, human and planetary rights, health and welfare no
other single projects has approached the significance of the STP. Totally
irrelevant toxicology tests on rodents take months or years : the STP takes
hours or, at most, days.
The vivisection industry - vivisectors, equipment makers, animal
breeders etc - will oppose these proposals vigorously. If they and the EC
can drag out the issue until June 2004 the REACH project will be established
without using the STP.
Pat Rattigan BAVA
DONATIONS, of whatever size, are needed now.
Cheques, payable to STP Fund, c/o DLRM PO Box 302 London N8 9HD
further details at
Animal experiments have:
a 63% failure rate when detecting human carcinogens
a 75-95% failure rate for detecting drug side effects
a 70% failure rate for detecting drugs which cause birth defects
Success rates lower than those achieved by uneducated guesswork.
This is not science!!
Recommended website: The Absurdity of vivisection
Information on animal research available free by EMail from
vivisectionkills at hotmail.com
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