Group’s Petition Signed by 40K Supporters Is Backed by Physicians Teams
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February 2, 2022
Tasgola Bruner 202-483-7382
Washington – Immediately, as President Joe Biden pronounces plans to chop the speed of most cancers deaths within the U.S. in half, PETA scientists despatched a petition request to Nationwide Most cancers Institute Director Norman Sharpless asking that the company prioritize analysis that may really assist most cancers sufferers, slightly than persevering with to depend on animal experiments which have failed.
The petition was signed by 39,760 folks and follows a letter, co-signed by the Nationwide Hispanic Medical Affiliation, 104 U.S. physicians and health-care professionals, and PETA scientists, that was despatched to Sharpless and White Home Workplace of Science and Expertise Coverage Director Eric Lander in November, and a PETA white paper, requesting 5 crucial adjustments to federal most cancers funding. The group launched a full-page newspaper advert to underscore the hassle.
PETA’s petition and advert coincide with Biden’s announcement in the present day that the U.S. will relaunch the Most cancers Moonshot. PETA is hopeful concerning the president’s anticipated method. In line with the White Home assertion on the matter, the priorities of the brand new Most cancers Moonshot are most cancers prevention and care, individualized remedies, addressing racial disparities in most cancers charges and fatalities, and help for sufferers and their households.
Historical past exhibits this can be a smart transfer. Regardless of the $140 billion that has been spent on cancer-related initiatives prior to now 50 years, together with experiments on numerous animals, most cancers stays the second-leading reason for demise within the U.S.—because it was a half-century in the past. One cause for this lack of progress is that most cancers medication examined on animals fail in human scientific trials 96.6% of the time.
“The Bidens know that what most cancers sufferers want is best prevention, earlier and extra frequent screenings, and higher care throughout therapy, no more failing animal experiments,” says PETA neuroscientist Dr. Katherine Roe. “PETA thanks the president for following the science and placing his priorities in areas that cut back most cancers morbidity and mortality, saving sufferers and sparing animals’ lives.”
PETA’s petition requests that the Nationwide Most cancers Institute take the next actions:
- Reallocate Nationwide Institutes of Well being intramural and extramural analysis funding towards animal-free, human-relevant fashions
- Convene or fee an unbiased committee to assessment the translatability of most cancers analysis and carcinogenicity evaluation in animals to human sufferers
- Present regulators and researchers with alternatives to obtain free coaching and schooling on the usage of human-relevant fashions
- Undertake laws to create new federal rules to switch outdated necessities of the lifetime assessments on rats and mice for carcinogenicity evaluation with speedy, dependable, and human-relevant fashions
- Enhance the proportion and quantity of federal funding allotted to most cancers prevention
PETA scientists level out that in vitro strategies, similar to organs-on-chips and tissue engineering, in addition to three-dimensional printing, human genomics, and computational biology are extra environment friendly and correct for finding out most cancers in people and defending human well being and that most cancers prevention and management, which does save lives, has been erroneously underfunded.
PETA—whose motto reads, partly, that “animals aren’t ours to experiment on”—opposes speciesism, a human-supremacist worldview. For extra info, please go to PETA.org or observe the group on Twitter, Fb, or Instagram.