Ricky Gervais, with beautiful Beagle Scarlett.

FLOE's Patron, Peter Egan, with Scarlett.

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Scarlett’s Mission

Scarlett is helping FLOE call for a top level scientific hearing, mandated by Parliament and judged by independent experts from the relevant fields of science. The debate conditions for this hearing have been endorsed as “well set out and fair” by human rights defence barrister Michael Mansfield QC.

A new book chapter has just been published by leading medical doctor Ray Greek and finance professor Lisa Kramer, outlining the urgent need for this scientific hearing, you can access that  here.

The hearing’s experts will judge false claims made by the animal experimentation sector: that animals can predict the responses of humans in medical research and safety testing. Never before has such a hearing been called for and it is long overdue. It cuts through common calls for animal cruelty regulation to be ‘reviewed and improved’ and applies science that is widely available today, via experts who defeated a primate laboratory at Cambridge University, with a precedent ruling on ‘national interest medical and scientific grounds’.

Because we’re calling for the science hearing to be mandated by Parliament the judges decision will be then become law, and animal modeling of human patients will be banned. Funding can then be redirected towards human-based methods which come with a track record of success. These human-based methods are not misnamed ‘alternatives’ to animal modeling, they are opposites because they don’t come with a 90% failure rate – as animal tests do – they work very well and deserve all the funding.

The science hearing will spotlight how animal experimentation ignores current knowledge about evolutionary biology, complexity science and genetics which produces critical complex differences between species, now demonstrated to be entirely derailing the search for human treatments and cures. You can read more about this scientific knowledge here or at Scarlett’s science page.

Michael Mansfield QC endorses the science hearing’s debate conditions as “well set out and fair”.

Over 100 cross-party MPs have signed Parliamentary EDMs calling for this thorough scientific examination.

Many institutions which benefit from grants for animal modeling have signed a ‘Concordat On Openness On Animal Research’ – which proclaims to develop communications with the media and public – however, no one from the Concordat has agreed to this level of public scientific scrutiny.

On 14th October 2019 the new Parliamentary session commenced so our Parliamentary EDM 66 has closed; please watch this space for the new EDM, which you can invite your MP to sign!