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masked_marsoe VIP Member

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#1 12 years ago

"[URL=http://www.stuff.co.nz/stuff/0,2106,3668233a12,00.htmlarticle[/URL]"] UK's Blair pledges support for animal testing

15 May 2006 null.gifLONDON: Prime Minister Tony Blair declared his support for Britain's key drugs industry today by announcing he would sign an online petition supporting the use of animals for medical research. Blair said he was making the unusual move to show how important he felt it was that "as many people as possible stand up against the tiny group of extremists threatening medical research and advances in this country". His break with tradition - petitions are normally handed to prime ministers, not signed by them - follows a week when animal rights activists threatened drug company shareholders and four other animal rights militants were jailed for 40 years. The prime minister will join 14,000 other people who have signed the People's Petition, launched last month by the Coalition for Medical Progress, a broad alliance of drug companies, medical bodies, scientists and charities. The petition says it "gives a voice to the silent majority of people in Britain who want to show their support for medical research using animals in the UK". Last week four animal rights militants were jailed for a total of 40 years for a six year campaign of intimidation that culminated in the desecration of the grave of a woman whose family bred guinea pigs for medical research. On Tuesday drugs firm GlaxoSmithKline secured a rare High Court injunction against an unknown group of animal rights activists to stop them publicising the names of its shareholders. The campaigners had threatened to publish on a website the names and addresses of private shareholders who refused to sell their shares in the company, Europe's biggest drugs-maker. Blair, writing in the Sunday Telegraph, said the targeting of GlaxoSmithKline shareholders "shows why we must support and protect individuals and companies engaged in life-saving medical research. There is no alternative for the forseeable future to using animals if we are to see the full benefits of scientific advances," he added. The National Anti-Vivisection Society (NAVS) condemned Blair's support for the animal testing petition, calling it "hugely irresponsible". "This petition is being run by an extremist group of vested interests representing a very narrow area of medical research," said Jan Creamer, NAVS chief executive. Drugs research is one of Britain's most important industries but the country is also host to some of the world's most vociferous animals rights groups. A quarter of the world's top 100 medicines were discovered in Britain, although the country accounts for less than 4 per cent of the global drug market.

I found out some things about animal testing the other day, just one example;

Penicillin kills guinea pigs, but is fine in humans Strychenine kills humans, but is fine in guinea pigs.

There are billions of dollars worth of drugs pulled off shelves every year because animals have different makeups to humans, and many things that pass animal testing are in fact deadly to humans.

We'd be much better of cutting out the billions spent on trying to test on animals when the human results aren't tested, and shift wholly to volentary human testing, or failing that, death sentence testing.




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#2 12 years ago

I wouldn't mind testing on death sentance people but it will probably never happen because of human rights given to those who deserve none. It would save a lot of money and be an effective way to test drugs and carry out death sentances.




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masked_marsoeI found out some things about animal testing the other day, just one example; Penicillin kills guinea pigs, but is fine in humans Strychenine kills humans, but is fine in guinea pigs. There are billions of dollars worth of drugs pulled off shelves every year because animals have different makeups to humans, and many things that pass animal testing are in fact deadly to humans. We'd be much better of cutting out the billions spent on trying to test on animals when the human results aren't tested, and shift wholly to volentary human testing, or failing that, death sentence testing.

Nitro Glycerin in small doses is harmless. Nitro Glycerin in a large dose is lethal. Does that mean we shouldn't test new drugs in small doses?:rolleyes: Testing on animals is a safety net. It isn't 100% guaranteed, but it makes the process a little safer for humans. Also, your facts are incorrect. Certain animals, like pigs, have certain internal parts, like the digestive tract, very similar to humans - so they are relatively reliable test subjects. This is going to shock all of the PETA members here - but I would rather kill a million lab rats than put one human life at risk.:D




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#4 12 years ago

also, hundreds of reliable procedures and treatments have been developed through animal research like insulin




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#5 12 years ago

If we didn't have animal testing, scientific research would literally grind to a halt.




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#6 12 years ago

Wow. The second sensible thing Tony Blair has ever said. He must be aiming for a hat-trick!




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#7 12 years ago

I can't stand animal testing for cosmectics, but hell... if its for medicine... Its another story.




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#8 12 years ago

masked_marsoeI found out some things about animal testing the other day, just one example;

Penicillin kills guinea pigs, but is fine in humans Strychenine kills humans, but is fine in guinea pigs.

There are billions of dollars worth of drugs pulled off shelves every year because animals have different makeups to humans, and many things that pass animal testing are in fact deadly to humans.

We'd be much better of cutting out the billions spent on trying to test on animals when the human results aren't tested, and shift wholly to volentary human testing, or failing that, death sentence testing.

Some day, when you're dying of cancer, I bet you'll look back and kick yourself for not supporting animal testing.




masked_marsoe VIP Member

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#9 12 years ago

Haha, I won't. I'll accept my own fate for what it is.




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#10 12 years ago

Easy to say when you're perfectly healthy.

It happens to most people with a strong ideal in regards to something. Some Russians and East Germans who thought themselves to be true communists comitted suicide by hanging when the Soviet Union began to fall. Yet there were indications of a struggle to remove the noose at the last minute, such as gouge marks around the throat and skin under the fingernails.

Even the most die-hard idealists repent their ways in the end if it means they could live instead of die.