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Andre Menache BSc(Hons) BVSc Dip ECAWBM (AWSEL) MRCVS Summary EU law requires as many as eleven toxicity tests for cosmetic products to be marketed, for which there are only four animal-free tests currently available. So our question is: are animals used in the other seven tests? Since animal testing for cosmetics is officially banned, cosmetics… Read more
Paris, 20th March 2017. The fate of the herbicide glyphosate is under discussion at the European Commission. The World Health Organisation (WHO) considers glyphosate to be “probably carcinogenic to humans”, while the European Food Safety Authority (EFSA) does not agree. This controversy is largely due to different interpretations of results obtained from experiments on rats…. Read more
A recently published article by a team of scientists in Denmark (1) suggests that animal research is undergoing a « domino effect ». The domino effect refers to the knock-on effect of replacing one species of animal by a different species. largely on the basis of strong public opinion. In this example, Danish scientists chose to use… Read more
Antidote Europe responds to the European Commission on the need for non-human primates in biomedical research, production and testing of products and devices. The European Commission has requested the Scientific Committee on Health, Environmental and Emerging Risks (SCHEER), to update the scientific Opinion on the need for non-human primates in biomedical research, production and testing… Read more
Commentary: Lessons from the Analysis of Non-human Primates for Understanding Human Aging and Neurodegenerative Diseases ; by Andre Menache and Anne Beuter ; article published in the journal Frontiers in Human Neuroscience on 2 February 2016 (http://journal.frontiersin.org/article/10.3389/fnhum.2016.00033/full). The authors challenge the utility of using nonhuman primates whose brains have been experimentally damaged by a toxic… Read more
Paris, January 20, 2016 – Following the clinical trial disaster of the experimental drug BIA 10-2474, Antidote Europe has sent an open letter to the French Minister of Health, Mrs Marisol Touraine, questioning the practice of recruiting healthy volunteers for drug trials (1). Testing experimental drugs on healthy individuals is both scientifically and legally questionable…. Read more
Why animals are not good models for the study of human disease
L'appel de Jane Goodall
People are not 70kg rats
In drug safety tests, using one species to represent another simply doesn’t work. We must replace animal tests with 21st-century science.
Open letter sent by Andre Menache to Cancer Research UK (CRUK)
Many medical charities who rely for their funding on the goodwill of the general public go on to use this money to support animal research in the mistaken belief that animal experiments will yield data that is relevant to human disease. In his letter to CRUK, Andre Menache presents scientific data to show that animal models are not able to predict human outcome.