New Report: Flawed Experiments on Animals Are Holding Back Medical Progress

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Shoddy experiments on animals have been hampering the development of new medicines for decades, according to research conducted by an international team of scientists.

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The survey of thousands of animal-based studies for drugs to combat disease found that the majority were poorly designed and not rigorous enough to give reliable results. As many as 97 per cent of studies did not take basic steps to eliminate bias, which can exaggerate the effects of candidate drugs, making them a colossal waste of time and money – and, of course, of animals’ lives.

Many of the badly designed studies were conducted by the UK’s top universities and published in top-tier journals. Only one study from the thousands of published papers by the UK’s top universities was considered to meet all four measures seen as critical for reducing bias.

This isn’t a problem isolated to the UK. A separate study by Canadian researchers revealed that flawed animal studies over-estimated the effectiveness of a new kidney cancer drug by up to 45 per cent.

The Canadian team also reported a publication bias: studies that showed that drugs had little or no effect were not even published. This means that we simply don’t get to hear about the unlimited number of cases in which the treatment failed. You can only imagine how many animals died in those experiments and the number of times the same deadly experiment has been repeated by separate teams, unaware of the initial failings.

For anyone familiar with the flawed system that requires all new drugs to be tested on animals, these findings are not surprising. We’ve long known that experimenting on animals is not the best way to find cures for human diseases – as one of the Canadian researchers, Dr Jonathan Kimmelman, says:

“Only a fraction of drugs that show promise in animals end up proving safe and effective in humans.”

Animals used in medical experiments suffer immensely. They may be injected with deadly diseases, poisoned, force-fed chemicals, cut open, electrocuted or blinded or have electrodes drilled into their brains. They spend their lives in barren cages in windowless laboratories and are usually unceremoniously killed once the experiment is over.

The news proves, once again, that animal tests do a disservice to animals and to science. There are better and more reliable ways to develop the life-saving drugs we need, without tormenting and killing animals along the way.

Comments

  • Sylvia Tempest - Jones commented on October 17, 2015 at 3:52 pm

    Is very inhumane to treat animals like this, it’s uncivilised and old fashioned, as now there are better methods of research.

  • Violeena kalita commented on October 17, 2015 at 3:55 pm

    Plz stop ol dis.. dese things r already ban so show sam mercy n stop ol dis..

  • Anette Larsen commented on October 17, 2015 at 4:38 pm

    Stop testing on animals

  • john harrison commented on October 17, 2015 at 7:34 pm

    i am ashamed the way humans treat animals.

  • elizabeth monaghan commented on October 17, 2015 at 8:00 pm

    Animal experiments are outdated and no longer required! Stop this barbaric treatment of primates, dogs, cats and every other creatures ! It’s a known fact that animals are different from humans! So why do scientists do these horrific experiments! Money! How do they sleep at night? Do they tell their children daddy just injected a beagle, or a rabbit with a toxic substance to make them rithe in pain and watch them
    suffer! Scientists are not compassionate people they are a species apart from the compassionate world! We are now past animal experiments technology has taken over!

  • Yvonne Parkins commented on October 17, 2015 at 9:15 pm

    How can good come out of such evil ?

  • Christine Webb commented on October 17, 2015 at 9:33 pm

    disgusting

  • Janet Townshend commented on October 17, 2015 at 9:34 pm

    Please please stop this cruel practice now! In this day and age surely we can do experiments without using animals.

  • Elly mae Rowley commented on October 17, 2015 at 9:54 pm

    this is cruel

  • Sonia harrowven commented on October 17, 2015 at 10:31 pm

    This really has to stop we do not live in the dark ages anymore

  • Ann Stavig commented on October 18, 2015 at 12:18 am

    Stop the torture and abuse!

  • Gemma Blower commented on October 18, 2015 at 8:44 am

    This is terrible cruelty and it needs to stop.

  • Elizabeth Shanahan commented on October 18, 2015 at 10:36 am

    Why not try a more humane way of testing instead of inflicting unbelievable pain and suffering ?

  • Judith trunks commented on October 18, 2015 at 1:51 pm

    Despicable poor animals , there must be better ways of doing experiments than making animals suffer in this way.

  • christine jones commented on October 20, 2015 at 5:44 pm

    Experiments are to be done on humans not animals because the medication will be taken by humans not animals.

    • Nova Town commented on October 25, 2015 at 9:23 pm

      ABSOLUTELY TRYE. MUST BE LEARNED AND MEMORIZED IN ALL MEDICAL SCHOOLS!!!!!

  • Rebecca commented on October 21, 2015 at 9:14 pm

    Free them not to test on have a heart

  • Nova Town commented on October 25, 2015 at 10:29 pm

    “As to diseases, make a habit of two things — to help, or at least, to do no harm.”
    ― Hippocrates

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