Animal cruelty probe into Europe’s labs should shock us all into action
Published on April 15, 2021
Responding to the investigation by Cruelty Free International that has exposed widespread animal suffering in Europe’s laboratories, Carla Owen, CEO of Animal Free Research UK said:
“The unjustified cruelty revealed in some of Europe’s laboratories should shame all those complicit in these inhumane practices – the cosmetic, chemical and agrochemical industries as well as politicians.
“Britain is not an innocent party. Over 3 million animals suffer in Britain’s laboratories every year because of outdated animal research methods – with over 90 percent of new drugs tested on animals failing to benefit human health.
“Yet there are more accurate, faster and cheaper ways of compiling crucial research data than using animals. Laboratory innovations such as a 3D organ on a chip – which simulates the activities, mechanics and physiological response of human organs and systems – significantly reduce the drug development failure rate.
“Europe and Britain must embrace the high-tech alternatives to animal testing. Governments must provide supportive infrastructure, funding, education and training, and regulations that enable human relevant research.
“Because accelerating human relevant life sciences is good for human health, good for animals and good for the European and British economies.”
“This latest investigation should also shock the public into action to demand an end to cruelty and insist on animal free research.”
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