Just as we know that huge investment in green technologies a few decades ago would have been the wisest course of action, the same can be said now of investing in replacement methods to the use of animals in medical experiments.
Choosing the most ethical path often proves in the long run to be by far the most progressive, cost effective and healthy. Animal-based medical research is fundamentally flawed because the results apply to the particular species used in the experiment.
The biggest obstacle to the replacement of animals in medical research has been the ingrained attitudes of those old school researchers who claim there is no other way to do it.
Replacing animals in medical research needs real commitment not just lip service. The Dr Hadwen Trust has that commitment and I would like to thank those runners who raised money for this charity in Ecclesall Woods in the Run for ALL Life, also to Pure Gym for supporting the event.
The money will help to continue the funding of projects tackling cancer, Alzheimer’s, heart and liver disease, to name just a few and in developing new technologies suitable for a progressing world.
According to the latest Home Office statistics, over 3.5 million animals are still being used annually in experimental procedures in the UK.
They include 3,564 pigs, 4,129 dogs and 2,815 non-human primates. If anyone wants to help change this you can donate on-line at www.justgiving.com/Run-for-ALL-Life or for more information about the Dr Hadwen Trust visit www.drhadwentrust.org
Dawn Biram, S17