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As legislators review the law designed to protect animals used in experiments, we must call for a moratorium on all experiments on animals.
Although animals have the same capacity to feel pain and fear that we do, fundamental differences in our physiology mean that results from experiments on animals are rarely relevant to human health.
Systematic reviews have documented the overwhelming failure of experiments on animals to benefit humans in the areas of neurodegenerative disease, neuropsychiatric disorders, cardiovascular disease, strokes, cancer, diabetes, obesity, inflammatory disease, and more.
As studies on animals continue to be discredited, decades of research is undermined.Yet, despite these documented failures, approximately 11.5 million animals continue to be used in experiments in Europe every year. They may be poisoned, denied food or water, deprived of sleep, subjected to psychological distress, deliberately infected with diseases, intentionally brain-damaged, paralysed, surgically mutilated, irradiated, burned, gassed, force-fed, electrocuted, and killed.
European legislators have long said that the ultimate goal is to end all experiments on animals. And leading experts from around the world are increasingly challenging the scientific community to review systematically the true impact of animal experiments. As legislators review the law designed to protect animals used in experiments, we must call for a moratorium on all experiments on animals. We must reconsider our reliance on these archaic procedures and champion the funding and development of humane and human-relevant technologies. This is where the future of science and human health clearly lies.
Please sign our urgent letter calling on the European Commission and the European Parliament to observe a moratorium on all animal experiments and review them systematically to reassess their value.