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Fact! Testing Drugs On Animals Does Not Work to Help Humans

Hundreds of thousands of humans die annually from drugs that work on nonhuman animals and it's time to stop using animals to test drugs meant for humans. This conclusion is not merely being put forth by people advocating for animal protection, but also by research scientists who want to see drugs do what they're purported to do for humans who need them. Read More


If 8% of drugs that pass testing in animals are able to save human and animal lives isn't that a good thing?

Unfortunately the New Scientist article doesn't provide any evidence that these 'new technologies' are better than animal testing. Until this evidence is provided and certified by unbiased organisations maybe a combined approach is ideal.

It is interesting that veterinarians routinely use medications that are also used in humans.

A distinction also need to be made between toxicity testing and drug development. There is a good chance that new technologies will allow toxicity testing without animals in future. However most available drugs on the market were developed in animals and alternatives in this domain are more difficult.

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Marc Bekoff, Ph.D., is Professor Emeritus of Ecology and Evolutionary Biology at the University of Colorado, Boulder.


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