Belfast Telegraph

Friday 22 August 2014

We don't need to test drugs on any animal

THE statistic from the US Food and Drug Administration – that of drugs which pass animal tests, more than 90% will fail during human trials – is often repeated by pro-animal research lobbyists for whom Elisabeth Harley (Write Back, October 16) works.

Sadly, we will never know what percentage of drugs would have been effective had they been tested using human cells and tissues.

The developing of non-animal methodologies that can predict what happens in humans is exciting, effective science that works.

BEN WILLIAMSON

People for Ethical Treatment of Animals

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