The evidence is overwhelming! Animal testing just doesn’t work. 95% of drugs tested on animals that are considered a success, then fail when they are translated to humans.
Organisations advocating for the replacement of animals, including Humane Research Australia (HRA), do so not just because of the unethical and cruel treatment, but also because there are vastly more effective “non-animal” methods to deliver vital drugs and other treatments to humans.
Some examples will make this clear:
Instead of drug testing on dogs – Microdosing consists of giving research participants tiny doses of an experimental drug and then tracking the drugs movement through the body.
Microfluidic chips mimic the organ systems of a living being and researchers evaluate how the chemical is distributed, metabolised and excreted.
Instead of invasive brain research on marmosets – Non-invasive techniques such as magnetic resonance imaging (MRI) allow us to visualize internal structures of the human brain.
For everyone’s sake, both animals and humans, it is imperative that we stop these unnecessary animal tests and embrace new technologies.
The UK, Europe and the United States are already doing this, with government funded centres. Australia is not doing this, and we must pressure our governments and university laboratories and commercial organisations to do more for both animals and humans. After all it is a win-win.
Please write to the Federal Minister for Health and ask that Australia invests in the development and validation of non-animal methods.
The Hon. Sussan Ley
Federal Minister for Health
House of Representatives
PO Box 6022
Canberra ACT 2600
Please write to the NHMRC asking that funding be redirected from animal-based research to human-specific research that will replace animal experiments.
Prof. Anne Kelso CEO
National Health & Medical Research Council
GPO Box 1421
Canberra ACT 2601
People and animals should NOT suffer when there are more efficient, scientific and humane methods.