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Joanna
- 3738 days ago - makeanimaltestinghistory.org
4-8 May: voting in EU parliament: revision of directive on protection of animals used for scientific purposes: Join the Make Animal Testing History virtual march to show your support.



   

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Joanna D (216)
Wednesday April 22, 2009, 4:12 pm
This is EU directive but everybody can sign!!
More than 115 million animals a year are used in laboratories around the world[1], with around 12 million animals used annually in the European Union alone
Revision of Directive 86/609 provides Europe with an opportunity to lead the world in the development of non-animal methods. To achieve that the EU needs a targeted and properly funded strategy that places replacement at the heart of the new legislation. To benefit people and animals, replacing unsatisfactory animal experiments with more relevant and reliable non-animal methods must be the ultimate goal.
Unfortunately, the report by the Parliament’s Agricultural Committee seriously weakens proposals by the European Commission and undermines existing regulations in most Member States. Amendments accepted by AGRI in the report on the proposal for a directive of the European Parliament and of the Council on the protection of animals used for scientific purposes (COM(2008)0543 – C6-0391/2008 – 2008/0211(COD)) loosen controls on what experiments can take place and increase suffering for a great many animals.
It is well known fact, that MEPs have been lobbying by the pharmaceutical and animal research industry; restrictions on the re-use of animals already used in experiments, limits of levels of pain animals can experience, and a phase-out of offspring born to wild-caught primates have been rejected.

On the next plenary session (4-8 May) all MEPs will be voting to accept AGRI amendments or not. If we want to change anything we have to do it now:
- please join the march to show MEPs that we want to replace animal experiments
- please send email to MEPs asking them for voting in the name of protection of animals not animal research industry

addresses of all MEPs HERE

(I'll try to add the addresses, as usual in blocks asap)

Dear MEP,

Revision of Directive 86/609 provides Europe with an opportunity to lead the world in the development of non-animal methods. To achieve that the EU needs a targeted and properly funded strategy that places replacement at the heart of the new legislation. To benefit people and animals, replacing unsatisfactory animal experiments with more relevant and reliable non-animal methods must be the ultimate goal.

Unfortunately, the report by the Parliament’s Agricultural Committee seriously weakens proposals by the European Commission and undermines existing regulations in most Member States. Amendments accepted by AGRI in the report on the proposal for a directive of the European Parliament and of the Council on the protection of animals used for scientific purposes (COM(2008)0543 – C6-0391/2008 – 2008/0211(COD)) loosen controls on what experiments can take place and increase suffering for a great many animals.
It is well known fact, that MEPs have been lobbying by the pharmaceutical and animal research industry; restrictions on the re-use of animals already used in experiments, limits of levels of pain animals can experience, and a phase-out of offspring born to wild-caught primates have been rejected.

I remind you that EU citizens, through the revision of Directive 86/609 want to see:
- improved protection of animals with regular reviews of animal welfare provisions;
- transparency and accountability relating to animal use;
- creation of structures at EU and member state level to develop and promote the replacement of animal procedures with modern, scientifically robust alternatives.

Replacing animal experiments must be the ultimate goal; the proposal already recognises that the EU and Member States have a responsibility to contribute to the development of alternative methods (Article 45), but explicit and practical steps to achieve progress in this area
are needed. It is essential that the replacement goal is more than simply aspirational. Specific mechanisms must be introduced to ensure targeted
progress. The Directive must create incentives, and replacement evaluation and implementation must be part of the authorisation process.

Directive must extend the scope to include sentient foetal animals and invertebrate species (Article 2) which have previously been excluded from protection under EU legislation. The proposal will also regulate fundamental research for the first time at EU level, along with the use of animals for
educational purposes and those animals who are bred (and killed) for their organs and tissues. This is a major gain for animal welfare particularly as
basic research accounts for a large portion of EU animal use. This measure will also harmonise different standards applied currently in the Member
States.

The Commission has proposed an end to the use of great apes and a phase-out of the use of F1 primates (Article 10). These proposals must be
maintained but also strengthened to remove exemptions and ban the use of wild-caught primates. The Commission proposes a ‘phase out’, which allows sufficient time to stabilise captive breeding stock and prevent production of ‘surplus’ males. The so-called ‘safeguard clause’ relating to exemptions in the great ape ban, should be deleted because the use of great apes in procedures should be absolutely prohibited, without exception.

The use of animals for experiments in higher education, forensic studies, household product testing and psychology experiments should no longer be allowed.

The requirement for Member States to ensure that procedures classified as ‘severe’ are not performed if the pain and distress is likely to be prolonged, should be supported (Article 15) as well, as the requirement that animals should not be used in a second experiment if the first experiment is classified as ‘moderate’ or ‘severe’ should be supported (Article 16).

Revised directive needs a clear framework to guarantee data sharing at the point of authorisation to prevent duplication of animal experiments. A separate mechanism will be needed for academic/fundamental research. The principle should be established that authorisation is refused if data is already available (against payment where relevant).

Publication of non-technical summaries (Article 40) will increase transparency and is a major step forward. It is essential that the new Directive increases the level of publicly available information to ensure greater accountability. Evaluations and authorisation applications, infringements, retrospective assessments and comprehensive statistics must also be made public.

The Directive should create a genuinely independent framework for ethical and scientific evaluation, project authorisation and the functioning of the cost / benefit assessment.

I urge you to think carefully before voting; the directive must protect animals used for scientific purposes not benefit pharmaceutical and animal research industry. The strategy for replacing animal experiments with new, advanced technologies will benefit animals, people and medical sciences.

Yours faithfully,

 

Joanna D (216)
Wednesday April 22, 2009, 4:18 pm
!!!!!

when you'll sign the pledge you'll get the info:
Thanks for signing the pledge. We've sent you an email confirming your support. Simply click the link in the email and join the virtual march. Thank you.

PLEASE remember to confirm your signature!!


1506 signatures so far
 

Maria S (338)
Wednesday April 22, 2009, 4:43 pm
Thanks, Joanna! I´m going to take action now. I think I have already sent message to my MEP (so many actions in this issue) but I will again and crosspost also.
 

Joanna D (216)
Wednesday April 22, 2009, 4:49 pm
If anybody has any MEPs addresses plese paste them here
All Polish MEPs:
adam.bielan@europarl.europa.eu, biuro@bielan.pl, jerzy.buzek@europarl.europa.eu,
marekaleksander.czarnecki@europarl.europa.eu, ryszard.czarnecki@europarl.europa.eu,
hanna.foltyn-kubicka@europarl.europa.eu, biuro@urszulagacek.pl, lidiajoanna.geringerdeoedenberg@europarl.europa.eu, adam.gierek@europarl.europa.eu,
maciejmarian.giertych@europarl.europa.eu,
biuro@bogdangolik.pl,
genowefa.grabowska@europarl.europa.eu,
dariuszmaciej.grabowski@europarl.europa.eu,
krzysztof.holowczyc@europarl.europa.eu,
biuro@jalowiecki.pl,
mieczyslaw.janowski@europarl.europa.eu,
biuro@urszulakrupa.pl,
wisla.c@wp.pl,
jan.kulakowski@europarl.europa.eu
zbigniewkrzysztof.kuzmiuk@europarl.europa.eu
janusz.lewandowski@europarl.europa.eu,
boguslaw.liberadzki@europarl.europa.eu,
marcin.libicki@europarl.europa.eu,
jantadeusz.masiel@europarl.europa.eu,
jan.olbrycht@europarl.europa.eu,
janusz.onyszkiewicz@europarl.europa.eu,
jozef.pinior@europarl.europa.eu,
jacek.protasiewicz@europarl.europa.eu,
pawelbartlomiej.piskorski@europarl.europa.eu,
dariusz.rosati@europarl.europa.eu,
wojciech@roszkowski.pl,
leopoldjozef.rutowicz@europarl.europa.eu,
jacek.saryusz-wolski@europarl.europa.eu,
czeslaw.siekierski@europarl.europa.eu,
boguslaw.sonik@europarl.europa.eu,
grazyna.staniszewska-assistant@europarl.europa.eu,
andrzejjan.szejna@europarl.europa.eu,
konrad.szymanski@europarl.europa.eu,
ewa.tomaszewska@europarl.europa.eu,
witold.tomczak@europarl.europa.eu,
bernard.wojciechowski@europarl.europa.eu,
janusz.wojciechowski@europarl.europa.eu,
zbigniew.zaleski@europarl.europa.eu,
andrzejtomasz.zapalowski@europarl.europa.eu
 

Past Member (0)
Wednesday April 22, 2009, 5:32 pm
signed thank you
 

Linda H (199)
Wednesday April 22, 2009, 6:51 pm
Noted thanks
 

Joycey B (750)
Wednesday April 22, 2009, 8:08 pm
Signed and will confirm in my e-mail. Thanks Joanna.
 

stephanie v (85)
Wednesday April 22, 2009, 8:26 pm
Signed and confirmed! Thank you Joanna.
 

Ester Hellen (213)
Thursday April 23, 2009, 2:37 am
signed but The Netherlands didn't show up so I did use the Netherlands Antilles.
 

. (0)
Thursday April 23, 2009, 5:04 am
UK MEPs
GilesChichesterMEP@eclipse.co.uk)
"Thank you for your recent correspondence regarding the report on theprotection of animals used for scientific purposes. The ITRE committee on which I sit produced an opinion on this report whichwas adopted on the 9th March with the major groups all voting in favour......Thank you for raising your concerns with me, I hope the above informationreassures you that the ITRE Committee are focused on finding the rightbalance between enabling an industry to affectively carry out important research and protecting the welfare of animals used in the process. Yours sincerely Giles Chichester MEP"
A bit wishy washy but looks like he mostly supports animal testing and is reluctent to support changes.
 

. (0)
Thursday April 23, 2009, 5:09 am
Glyn Ford MEP (UK) (mep@glynford.com)

"Thank you for your letter raising your concerns over the revision of EUDirective 86/609 on animal experiments. The revision of this Directive is at last an opportunity for us to reduce the use of non-human primates and other animals in experiments to anabsolute minimum, to work towards an end goal of abolishing animalexperimentation altogether and to ensure high standards of care andtreatment for those non-human primates and other animals that continue to beused by the scientific community. The Socialist Group is committed toensuring that we use the opportunity we now have to meet these aims....Furthermore to ensure that we have high levels of investment needed to pushforward the use of alternatives, we will be making changes to the text calling on all Member States to commit money into research alternatives toall animal testing. For us these two changes will allow us to facilitate andpromote the advancement of alternative methods to animal use and we believethis will be an effective way of reaching our ultimate goal of abolishinganimal experimentation altogether, a goal we are fully committed to... Our record on voting on animal welfare issues is second to none here in theEuropean Parliament and We hope this letter has helped reassure you that this is an issue that we take very seriously indeed."

:)
 

Pam F (221)
Thursday April 23, 2009, 5:13 am
Signed,confirmed,and marching!

2121 marchers so far.

Marchers from Australia - 11.

Come on Aussies!
 

. (0)
Thursday April 23, 2009, 5:16 am
Graham Watson MEP (Casework) (casework@grahamwatsonmep.org)

Member of the European Parliament for South West England and Gibraltar and
Leader of the Alliance of Liberals and Democrats for Europe in the European Parliament

"Thank you for your email of 9 February regarding animal experimentation, and in particular calling for an end to testing on primates.



I share your concerns on this matter and I agree that action needs to be taken at European level to ensure we act to end experiments on apes and wild caught monkeys and moreover that we set a timetable to replace all experiments on primates, I hope that the revision of Directive 86/609 may give rise to this. Animal experimentation rules do not reflect either the pace of scientific development or changes in our understanding of animal welfare, and we need to continue to promote alternatives. According to Commission figures 160,000 animals are subject to duplicate regulatory testing each year, which could be eliminated through better data sharing.
I would add that even though as leader of the Alliance of Liberals and Democrats in the European Parliament, I normally follow the convention whereby Group Leaders do not sign Written Declarations – similar to the convention in Westminster where Early Day Motions are concerned, I made an exception in this instance and last year signed a Parliamentary Declaration calling for an end to experimentation.



Please be assured I will continue to endeavour to raise this matter wherever and whenever I am able.



Thank you for contacting me on this matter and if I can be of any assistance in the future, please do not hesitate to contact me.
Yours sincerely,
Graham Watson MEP"



 

Elena P (549)
Thursday April 23, 2009, 9:10 am
Thank you.
 

Raffi LidoRoiz (301)
Thursday April 23, 2009, 12:06 pm
Thanks for signing the pledge. We've sent you an email confirming your support. Simply click the link in the email and join the virtual march. Thank you.-Thank you Joanna-noted and done.
 

Leigh B (211)
Thursday April 23, 2009, 2:37 pm
Signed the pledge, thanks Joanna
 

Valerie H (133)
Thursday April 23, 2009, 3:26 pm
Thank you, VERY gladly signed pledge!
 

Sandra Martinho (35)
Thursday April 23, 2009, 6:29 pm
signed & posted, txs
 

Past Member (0)
Thursday April 23, 2009, 6:49 pm
Done/thank you Joanna
 

Amena Andersson (187)
Thursday April 23, 2009, 7:04 pm
Signed/joined. I pray this helps and that the testing is stopped once and for all.
 

Anna H (74)
Friday April 24, 2009, 1:06 am
Thank you Joanna - Actions taken!!1
 

Joanna D (216)
Friday April 24, 2009, 1:44 am
Red N
Thanks for posting the replies. The fact is that most of MEPs don't reply at all (I wonder if they do anything in the Parliament - probably they just attend session and vote according to some instructions) but I don't believe most of the statements given in received replies - they write "I do anything to protect animals" and they really are sure that the directive does protect animals.
The fact is that you can't find how MEPs voted on Committee mettings (what is not confidentalat all!!) but there will be report (should be) how they voted on plenary session.
 

Past Member (0)
Friday April 24, 2009, 1:49 am
signed and doing a virtual march with bunny ears.
 

Joanna D (216)
Friday April 24, 2009, 2:57 am
As not all AGRI members voted on AGRI proposal we can send the letter to them as well:

neil.parish@europarl.europa.eu, janusz.wojciechowski@europarl.europa.eu, psl_rawa@op.pl,
friedrich- wilhelm.graefezubaringdorf@europarl.europa.eu, info@sergioberlato.it, vincenzo.aita@europarl.europa.eu, niels.busk@europarl.europa.eu, luismanuel.capoulassantos@europarl.europa.eu, joseph.daul@europarl.europa.eu, jp-denanot@cr-limousin.fr, jean-paul.denanot@europarl.europa.eu, albert.dess@europarl.europa.eu, gintaras.didziokas@europarl.europa.eu, konstantinos.droutsas@europarl.europa.eu, inkamak@otenet.gr, constantin.dumitriu@europarl.europa.eu, michl.ebner@europarl.europa.eu, duarte.freitas@europarl.europa.eu, ioannis.gklavakis@europarl.europa.eu, biuro@bogdangolik.pl,

bogdan.golik@europarl.europa.eu, esther.herranzgarcia@europarl.europa.eu, lily.jacobs@europarl.europa.eu, elisabeth.jeggle@europarl.europa.eu, heinz.kindermann@europarl.europa.eu, Dr.Heinz.Kindermann@t-online.de, vincenzo.lavarra@europarl.europa.eu, atakacentrala@abv.bg, mairead.mcguinness@europarl.europa.eu, veronique.mathieu@europarl.europa.eu, rosa.miguelezramos@europarl.europa.eu, vincent.peillon@europarl.europa.eu, agnes.schierhuber@europarl.europa.eu, willem.schuth@europarl.europa.eu, czeslaw.siekierski@europarl.europa.eu, alyn.smith@europarl.europa.eu, petya.stavreva@europarl.europa.eu, dimitar.stoyanov@europarl.europa.eu, csaba.tabajdi@europarl.europa.eu,
csaba.tabajdi@europarl.europa.eu,

eastern@ukip.org, laszlo.tokes@europarl.europa.eu, laszlo.tokes-assistant@europarl.europa.eu, witold.tomczak@europarl.europa.eu, donatotommaso.veraldi@europarl.europa.eu, andrzejtomasz.zapalowski@europarl.europa.eu, jim.allister@europarl.europa.eu, wisla.c@wp.pl,
marie-helene.aubert@europarl.europa.eu, liam.aylward@europarl.europa.eu, rwsturdy@btconnect.com, struanmep@aol.com, vladimir.zelezny@europarl.europa.eu, armando.veneto@europarl.europa.eu, guido.sacconi@europarl.europa.eu, n.musumeci@inwind.it, alessandro.battilocchio@europarl.europa.eu, pilar.ayuso@europarl.europa.eu, katerina.batzeli@europarl.europa.eu, herbert.boesch@europarl.europa.eu,

ilda.figueiredo@europarl.europa.eu, europa@kreissl-doerfler.de, esther.delange@europarl.europa.eu, anne.laperrouze@europarl.europa.eu, roselyne.lefrancois@europarl.europa.eu, Kartikatamara.liotard@europarl.europa.eu, astrid.lulling@europarl.europa.eu,
kyosti.virrankoski@europarl.europa.eu, bernadette.vergnaud@europarl.europa.eu, teresa.rieramadurell@europarl.europa.eu, karin.resetarits@europarl.europa.eu, guido.podesta@europarl.europa.eu, markus.pieper@europarl.europa.eu, maria.petre@europarl.europa.eu, catherine.neris@europarl.europa.eu, jan.mulder@europarl.europa.eu, hynek.fajmon@europarl.europa.eu, jorgo.chatzimarkakis@europarl.europa.eu, alejandro.cercas@europarl.europa.eu,
 

Joanna D (216)
Friday April 24, 2009, 3:46 am
UK MEPs:

roger.helmer@europarl.europa.eu , bill.newtondunn@europarl.europa.eu, glenis.willmott@europarl.europa.eu, andrew.duff@europarl.europa.eu, richard.howitt@europarl.europa.eu, , , thomas.wise@europarl.europa.eu, john.bowis@europarl.europa.eu, robert.evans@europarl.europa.eu, mary.honeyball@europarl.europa.eu, jean.lambert@europarl.europa.eu, syed.kamall@europarl.europa.eu, sarah.ludford@europarl.europa.eu, gerard.batten@europarl.europa.eu,
claude.moraes@europarl.europa.eu, charles.tannock@europarl.europa.eu, christopher.beazley@europarl.europa.eu, geoffrey.vanorden@europarl.europa.eu, martin.callanan@europarl.europa.eu, fiona.hall@europarl.europa.eu, stephen.hughes@europarl.europa.eu, ratsmep@sir-robertatkins.org, chrisdaviesmep@cix.co.uk, den.dover@europarl.europa.eu, sajjad.karim@europarl.europa.eu, arlene.mccarthy@easynet.co.uk, briansimpson.labour@virgin.net, david.sumberg@europarl.europa.eu, gary.titley@europarl.europa.eu, john.whittaker@europarl.europa.eu, jim.allister@europarl.europa.eu, bairbre.debrun@europarl.europa.eu, james.nicholson@europarl.europa.eu, elspeth.attwooll@europarl.europa.eu, ian.hudghton@europarl.europa.eu, david.martin@europarl.europa.eu, john.purvis@europarl.europa.eu, alyn.smith@europarl.europa.eu, struanmep@aol.com, cstihlermep@btconnect.com, richardjames.ashworth@europarl.europa.eu, sharon.bowles@europarl.europa.eu, office@nirjdeva.com, nigel.farage@europarl.europa.eu, daniel.hannan@europarl.europa.eu, caroline.lucas@europarl.europa.eu, ashley.mote@europarl.europa.eu, emma.nicholson@europarl.europa.eu, peter.skinner@europarl.europa.eu, james.elles@europarl.europa.eu, giles.chichester@europarl.europa.eu, trevorcolman@btconnect.com, glyn.ford@europarl.europa.eu, caroline.jackson@europarl.europa.eu, roger.knapman@europarl.europa.eu, graham.watson@europarl.europa.eu, neil.parish@europarl.europa.eu, gkinnock@welshlabourmeps.org.uk, emorgan@welshlabourmeps.org.uk, jill.evans@europarl.europa.eu, jonathan.evans@europarl.europa.eu, philip.bradbourn@europarl.europa.eu, philip.bushill-matthews@europarl.europa.eu, neena.gill@europarl.europa.eu, malcolm.harbour@europarl.europa.eu, elizabeth.lynne@europarl.europa.eu, godfrey.bloom@europarl.europa.eu, michael.cashman@europarl.europa.eu, richard.corbett@europarl.europa.eu, timothy.kirkhope@btinternet.com, edward.mcmillan-scott@europarl.europa.eu, diana@dianawallismep.org.uk
 

Sheila G (267)
Friday April 24, 2009, 4:09 am
4404 marchers at this point, steadily climbing, great idea to get others involved, will cross post elsewhere, ty Joanna for all your time spend ending animal experiment, and all who help!
 

Sheila G (267)
Friday April 24, 2009, 4:18 am
my first reply:

Thank you for the message.

Bill and every MEP each receive several hundreds of emails each day and they come from all over the world.

Bill replies to his own constituents in the East Midlands region of the UK.

Unfortunately you did not identify from where you wrote.

If you wish for a reply from Bill, please would you provide your address.

Office of Bill Newton Dunn MEP

(my address was added at end of letter, along with my name. idiots, you know they didn't read it.)
 

Pamylle G (458)
Friday April 24, 2009, 4:29 am
Thank you, Joanna !
 

Joanna D (216)
Friday April 24, 2009, 4:39 am
I haven't got any reply from UK MEPs - they probably have my addresses in spam filters
Sheila I know they don't read this, as even some replies are to the topic but not my letters
BTW if you wrote you were from Midlands Bill could be interested in sending reply....
 

Joanna D (216)
Friday April 24, 2009, 4:52 am
Ups some came:
Thank you for your letter regarding Directive 86/609/EEC on animals in scientific experiments.



Animal welfare is a very important issue for me. I am a staunch animal rights enthusiast, a member of the European Parliament Animal Welfare Intergroup, European Parliament Coordinator for the International Fund for Animal Welfare and Vice President of the League Against Cruel Sports.



Personally I remain very opposed to using animals for the testing of cosmetics and medicines. For nearly all tests, there are alternative methods or computer simulations that would give the same or better results. Primates are so close to humans in their social, mental and emotional functions that putting them through the traumas of scientific testing should be outlawed.



In 2007 I was pleased to co-sign the European Parliament written declaration 40/2007 opposing the use of primates for animal testing. 432 MEPs signed it in total. This was well over half of all MEPs and the written declaration therefore became the official position of the European Parliament.



In April 2008, the European Commission requested a scientific opinion on the use of non-human primates in biomedical research. On 5 November the European Commission adopted the proposal to revise Directive 86/609/EEC, which seeks to eliminate the suffering of animals used in experiments.



I will vote for all moves to outlaw the use of animals in scientific tests when this Directive is discussed in the European Parliament. I will also support changes to the text calling on all Member States to commit money into researching alternatives to animal testing. This will be an effective way of reaching our ultimate goal of abolishing animal experimentation altogether, a goal I am fully committed to.



The Commission states that the setting up of deadlines for phasing out the use of non-human primates in scientific procedures has so far not been possible as according to their findings, scientific development has not yet reached the stage that would make such a programming possible. Such deadlines are therefore not included in the Commission's proposal to revise Directive 86/609/EEC. However, the use of non-human primates and the developments to replace, reduce and refine their use will continue to be monitored closely by the Commission.



The European Parliament's Agriculture Committee has drafted a report based on the Commission's proposal and this is scheduled to be voted on by all MEPs during the Parliament's next plenary session at the beginning of May. In the meantime, I will monitor the Committee's work closely and make sure the Commission continues to move towards fully replacing animals during scientific procedures.



Thank you again for contacting me about this very important matter.





Yours sincerely,





Robert Evans MEP

Labour Member of the European Parliament for London
 

ROBIN M (312)
Friday April 24, 2009, 6:10 am
SIGNED AND WILL CONFIRM.
 

suzy e (0)
Friday April 24, 2009, 6:49 am
please stop animalscruelty animals scientifics test please be a human ,do you have heart??????????????????give good exemple to the kids .............

thank you
yours sincerely

SUZY EVANS
 

Joanna D (216)
Friday April 24, 2009, 8:23 am
The sad fact is that those MEPs have no knowledge on the issue they vote...
Reading some replies (authomated or not, showing their point of view) I see that they just repeat some ready-to-use sentences from pro-vivisectionists...

The fact is that replacements- the new, advanced technologies exist but are not used as nobody is obliged to do so. It doesn't matter if they are better/faster/cheaper - there is no law making the companies to replace the animal experiments and the proposal of revised directive doesn't guarantee the replacement and looking for alternatives.

only a few alternatives (the info is from conference Speed and Safety in Drug Discovery at Royal Society in London on 26/Nov/08 - 5 months ago)

Test for Tamoxifen resistance ‘Previously our understanding of why this occurred could be compared with trying to fix a broken car without knowing how the engine worked’ – Dr Jason Carroll, Cambridge Research Institute Research has previously shown that only women with certain genetic features will respond to anti-breast cancer drug Herceptin, and this finding has now been extended to another important treatment, tamoxifen. By studying tissues donated by cancer patients, scientists in Cambridge have discovered that they can predict the quarter of patients whose tumours will become resistant to tamoxifen, meaning that those patients can be treated with a more suitable drug from the start. The new test, which should be available within five years, stands to benefit thousands of women. Meanwhile, understanding how some tumours become resistant to drugs could help researchers to develop new anti-cancer treatments. References: BBC News online, 13th November 2008; New York Times, 29th December 2008.

Dr Greg Baxter introduced Hurel’s revolutionary human-on-a-chip technology. Hurel’s chip is about the size of a postage stamp and comprises tiny compartments, each containing a sample of tissue from various parts of the human body, linked by a circulating blood substitute to which drugs can be added to find out their effects on a whole system – something that it is often claimed only animal tests can provide.

Scientists have decoded the complete DNA of a cancer patient and traced her disease to its genetic roots. Dr Francis Collins, former director of the US National Human Genome Research Institute, called the study a ‘true landmark in cancer research.’ He said: ‘In the past, cancer researchers have been ‘looking under the lamp-post’ to find the causes of malignancy - but now the team from Washington University has lit up the whole street. This achievement ushers in a new era of comprehensive understanding of the fundamental nature of cancer, and offers great promise for the development of powerful new approaches to
diagnosis, prevention and treatment.’ Reference: BBC News online, 6th November 2008.

Dr Quin Wills (SimuGen Ltd, Cam bridge, UK) described how mathematical modelling, as opposed to bioinformatics, could help to streamline testing strategies, especially those reliant on data from toxicogenomics analysis. Another mathematical model described by Professor Zvia Agur (Institute of Medical Biomath ematics, Optimata Ltd, Ramat Gan, Israel), is able to predict the effects of docetaxel, a cancer chemotherapeutic, on different patients suffering from mesenchymal chondrosarcoma. Based on predicting both efficacy
and toxicity, this virtual system can help to tailor dosage regimes to the individual patient with a greater than 80% reliability, and has been shown to increase the clinical prognosis of specific patients.
Animals are often poor models of the effects of vaccines and drugs on the immune system, because of inherent differences between the immune systems of humans and other species.
Furthermore, human cell-based models often fail to capture both the complexity and variety of immune responses that may be seen in human individuals. Professor Russell Higbee (VaxDesign, Orlando, FL, USA) described a high-throughput assay, in which different components of the human immune system are sequentially incorporated with immune cells from different human donors, in
order to capture innate and adaptive immune responses as well as inflammatory mediation. Because no mixing of cells from individual donors is necessary, responses representative of entire human populations can be captured. This model is capable of assisting with the selection of vaccine– adjuvant combinations, modelling immunoprotection afforded as a result of IgM to IgG class switching, and assessing the effects of biologicals. The system has also already been used to model diseases such as tuberculosis.
 

rose s (239)
Friday April 24, 2009, 12:04 pm
Let's act with impact to stop these unspeakable astrocities against the voiceless and defenseless before mankind eradicate all animal life from our planet.Stop this with your POWER of your voice.
 

Joanna D (216)
Friday April 24, 2009, 5:38 pm
5782 people marching
don't forget activate your signature
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Suzanna van der Voort (271)
Saturday April 25, 2009, 6:32 am
Noted and pledge signed with thanks Joanna for all your hard work and of course all the other lovely activists who are fighting with you.
Love you all1
 

Sheila G (267)
Saturday April 25, 2009, 7:33 am
unfortunately, what I am recieving seems to be form letters, standard. some seem to honestly believe it is in the best human interest to keep on with vivisection, so I know they haven't looked into the alternatives and weighed the actual harmful effects to those humans they want to help. it's sad, they are only misguided, I wish they would open their minds! animals and humans all suffer and die because they don't know what the true end results are.
 

. (0)
Saturday April 25, 2009, 12:19 pm
All done !
I have your back
 

Joanna D (216)
Sunday April 26, 2009, 5:48 am
Thank you for your message, to Nigel Farage, about the proposed EU-directive, 86/609/EEC, which appears to be one of the Commission's better proposals of recent years, carefully balancing the welfare of experimental animals against the value of scientific and medical research; but, with REACh swinging into operation now - and requiring millions more animal-experiments than ever before - the situation will inevitably deteriorate. In other words, this proposal is an ineffective solution to a problem, which the EU itself created.



If you wondered why the 1000 white rabbits, which protesters placed around the building here, for the first reading of REACh, did not re-appear at second reading, you need look no further than the EU's 2007-budget and the list of grants to bodies "promoting or performing research into humane experimental methods", and still doing very nicely out of the EU-taxpayer, thank you very much! But there was another dimension to the deal, and this directive is it.



The democratic-process may be mocked, in this way, and the animal-welfare lobby may be susceptible to bribery, but the UKIP is not susceptible to ransom-demands (vote "yes" to save your furry friends!) because the EU is not accountable - except to a conspiracy of EU-governments - and, therefore, none of its legislation is legitimate, even if some of it seems less than oppressive and destructive. However, since all EU-legislation extends the powers of the EU's autocratic system, none of it can be seen as other than undesirable.



Infinitely better, from the point-of-view of animal-welfare, than a new, palliative directive, would be the repeal of REACh; but the EU will never relinquish any of its "acquis communautaire", and REACh, which gave the EU enormous powers over industry and commerce, is one of its most prized possessions.



This leaves us with only one solution. Repeal the European Communities Act!



I was particularly interested in your recognition that some experiments on animals are indispensable to worthwhile research (which does not include registration for REACh) This recognition is in accord with expert opinion, but is swamped and muted by the power of (mostly EU-funded) lobby-groups. The same situation pertains in the realm of climatology and, indeed, in the realm of politics, such is the might, not only of the captive lobby-groups, but of the captive mass-media and the captive, incumbent, political parties too.
Yours sincerely
Andrew S. Reed
(Office of Nigel Farage, Brussels)
 

Rhonda Maness (580)
Monday April 27, 2009, 9:54 am
signed, thanks1
 

Julie van Niekerk (230)
Friday May 1, 2009, 10:36 am
Money speaks every language on this planet.
Animals suffering dont speak
Neglected animals dont speak
Starving animals dont speak
Laboratory animals dont speak
Distressed animals dont speak
Thirsty animals dont speak
MONEY CRIES VICTORY!!!!!
 

Past Member (0)
Thursday October 1, 2009, 12:22 am
Thank you Joanna, just joint the march.
 
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