85% of deaths in high income countries like the UK are due to diseases like heart disease, dementia and stroke. Yet, despite huge investment into disease research and drug development, these diseases remain poorly understood and still lack adequate treatments. Patients and their families are giving up hope.
Thanks to Labour MP Luke Pollard, we were able to host an afternoon reception during which launched our Eight Steps to Accelerate Human Relevant Innovation – a manifesto that sets out how the UK can become a world leader in finding next generation treatments to improve the lives of patients faster, and all without animal suffering.
Dame Joanna Lumley delivered a speech in the House of Commons and called on the government to launch a formal inquiry into how the UK conducts medical research.
Our animal protection community is rightly celebrating this week as parliament formally recognised that animals have emotions and feelings. The Animal Welfare (Sentience) Bill passed its final hurdle in the House of Lords. Once the Bill receives Royal Assent, the new law will be known as the Animal Welfare (Sentience) Act 2022.
MP Henry Smith hosted Animal Free Research in Parliament today MARCH 16 to help showcase how cutting-edge medical technology is transforming the search for cures and treatments for human diseases.
So, half a century since I first started to stand up for animals, I recently found myself walking up Downing Street to hand into Number 10 a petition signed by over 100,000 people.