Animal testing: Let's have an open, scientific and independent debate
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I'VE always enjoyed a busy life as a mum and business woman until two years ago when a Mail posting about a planning application changed my life forever.
It brought news of an application to build a beagle-breeding factory in nearby Grimston village.
Memories flooded back of horrific images of smoking beagles from the 1970s.
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I was shocked to discover dogs are still experimented on in laboratories because of a government law dating back 65 years.
Our scientific under- standing of species' differences has radically moved on since Victorian times when animal experiments originated yet since then, many research industries surrounding the animal model have arisen who spend vast amounts on lobbying the Government protecting their multi- billion pound interests – not ours, the animals', nor the NHS. Should health not come before wealth?
Individual genetic make-up means even identical twins can react differently to a medicine.
A bodily reaction in another species such as a dog does not indicate how a human body would react.
Determined to raise local awareness, I wrapped my car in old bed sheets painted with headlines about the beagle factory, attached a megaphone to the roof and drove around villages and towns of East Yorkshire for weeks.
Overnight, I'd become the town crier and this was just the start to end the use of animals in laboratories.
All we are asking for is an open scientific and independent debate between the industries that use animals against leading experts, including Dr Ray Greek, that will show the public many medical researchers and scientists, like Dr Greek, have proven it's a scientifically flawed research methodology that harms animals and humans alike, but up to now the vivisectors refuse.
When the mainstream public hear from scientists that animal experiments are worthless, it will trigger a public outcry resulting in a ban on the use of dogs and other animals in laboratories and the redirection of billions of our donations and tax money for researching cures and safer medicines into modern medical research methods that are human-species specific and personalised.
It's as if the vivisection industries are trying to convince us our money will get us to the moon on a bike, when just down the road we have rockets hidden away.
Bless those innocent creatures now in cages and in unnecessary painful experiments, for those of us who care about the life of all.
As Hull's own William Wilberforce, who fought for slave abolition and founded the RSPCA said: "You may choose to look the other way but you can never say again that you did not know."
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