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Patricia Kendall: Ban animal testing at the new St. Paul’s Hospital (SPH)

After decades of animal testing, we do have cures for stroke, heart failure, diabetes, Parkinson’s, Alzheimer’s, cystic fibrosis, and most cancers — but only in mice. (Photo credit: KOICHI KAMOSHIDA / GETTY IMAGES)
After decades of animal testing, we do have cures for stroke, heart failure, diabetes, Parkinson’s, Alzheimer’s, cystic fibrosis, and most cancers — but only in mice. (Photo credit: KOICHI KAMOSHIDA / GETTY IMAGES)

OPINION: Animal experimentation is an outdated methodology that produces invalid, often misleading results, and delays meaningful scientific progress.

There is one thing everyone agrees on: we need better life-saving drugs for humans. But despite what many people think, testing on animals is not effective for the creation of drugs for humans. There are now available high-tech, cost-effective, and human-relevant testing technologies — and a group of Vancouver animal advocates wants Vancouver city council to ensure that the new St. Paul’s Hospital uses only these non-animal alternative technologies in its new hospital laboratories.

Admittedly, there were some early medical advances made with testing on animals. However, these successes have been over-emphasized, and the truth is that cures for major human diseases are not in fact “just around the corner”.

Read the full story in the Vancouver Sun.

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