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e-1689 (Use of animals in research)

Initiated by Anne Birthistle from North Vancouver, British Columbia

Original language of petition: English

Petition to the Government of Canada

  • Ever increasing scientific studies reveal that the widespread claimed ability of animals to predict human responses to drugs and disease is demonstrably false;
  • Over 90% of drugs which test well in animals harm or otherwise fail humans;
  • By ignoring this fact cures have been delayed, including penicillin;
  • Using animals to model humans contradicts currently-accepted science, including evolutionary biology and genetics, which supports personalised medical care; and
  • The majority of tax-payers' money is still directed towards outdated animal-based research, diverting valuable funds away from cutting edge human-based research which has a track record of success.
We, the undersigned, residents of Canada, call upon the House of Commons to organize a rigorous, public scientific debate - judged by independent experts from the relevant fields of science - on the now widely acknowledged costs to society of claiming that animals can be used to study humans, in the search for treatments and cures.
Government response tabled on November 28, 2018 (Sessional Paper No. 8545-421-42-07)
Open for signature
May 28, 2018, at 1:44 p.m. (EDT)
Closed for signature
September 25, 2018, at 1:44 p.m. (EDT)
Presented to the House of Commons
Elizabeth May (Saanich—Gulf Islands)
October 22, 2018 (Petition No. 421-02794)
Government response tabled
November 28, 2018
Photo - Elizabeth May
Saanich—Gulf Islands
Green Party Caucus
British Columbia