Two doctors spoke with Scottish parliament members about the need to end animal testing in Scotland on Friday.
Scotland for Animals arranged for doctors Ray Greek and Andre Menache to speak with members of the Scottish Parliament about the scientific falsehood that vivisection represents.
Instead of focusing on the inherent cruelty of animal experimentation, Dr. Greek and Dr. Menache gave a presentation outlining that not only is information gained from animal experiments inaccurate, it’s potentially dangerous.
Dr. Greek is an anesthesiologist who specializes in Pain Management. He has a private practice, has taught at multiple universities, and has published several books about the need to end vivisection. Dr. Menache is a former president of Doctors and Lawyers for Responsible Medicine and received a 21st century award for achievement from the International Biographical Centre at Cambridge.
Most MSPs did not attend their presentation, although it was attended by several MSPs and representatives of others.
Greek and Menache made the case that the lives of Scottish citizens are at risk because of the faulty nature of pharmaceutical tests on animals. According to a USDA report, 92% of drugs that are successful in animal tests are unsuccessful in human clinical trials. And over 80% of European doctors have misgivings about the reliability of information gained through animal tests.
Over half a million animals die in laboratories in Scotland each year, and over half of them are tested on without anesthetics. Ten thousand people die in the UK each year from side effects of prescription drugs. Outdated scientific methods are killing humans and animals.
When confronted with the atrocities and cruel nature of vivisection, supporters will without fail claim that such research is necessary to sustain or save human life, but an enormous amount of scientific information is coming to light that shows this is not the case.
Vivisection kills animals in the most painful ways possible and does so in the name of obtaining information that is not only scientifically unsound, but dangerous and potentially life threatening. It takes money away from legitimate research and obstructs real progress.
Animal testing is a threat to all sentient life on this planet, human and animal.
Photo: Public Domain. Author: Janet Stephens