Saturday, May 30, 2009

Mad Science failure

SHAC are now holding urgent talks into the wholesale failure of their flagship campaign - mad science week or as it more correctly known 'sad inadequate losers holding sheets week'.

This new low point in the increasingly embarrassing SHAC campaign has already lead to a number of other groups distancing themselves form SHAC - not for legal reasons but because the stench of failure and desperation was becoming overpowering.

Perhaps you should try campaigning INSIDE prisons SHAC - that's where your major support is!

Who's next for the guilty plea? Alfie - mais Non.

1 comment:

Jim Dog said...

Meanwhile in the world of real science rather than the made up one.
Members of the European Parliament (MEPs) voted by a overwhelming majority to approve a report submitted by the European Parliament's Agriculture Committee on proposed revisions to EU directive 86/609, the EU rules that ensure the protection of animals used for scientific purposes. The report approved by MEPs makes several welcome changes to earlier proposals for the long-awaited revision of EU directive 86/609 that were put forward by the EU Commission last year. Right thinking people are delighted to learn that MEPs have listened to the many scientists, charities and patients who have discussed with them the potential impact of these revisions on scientific research with them over the course of the past few months and have asked them to remember the patients when they cast their vote. They clearly agree with Sir Terry Pratchett, who while speaking on behalf of Remember the Patients recently said:

"There's only two ways it can go: researchers, with as much help you can give them, may come up with something that reduces the effects of this dreadful, inhuman disease, or we will have to face the consequences of our failure to prevent the final years of many of us being a long bad dream."

MEPs have voted to remove articles that would have increased bureaucratic burden placed in scientists without improving the welfare of animals, for example by extending the scope of the directive to include hens eggs and microscopic crustaceans, and have also voted to amend an article that would have prevented monkeys from being used in important basic research that seeks to illuminate the processes that are involved in diseases such as Parkinson's and multiple sclerosis.

On hearing of the vote Professor Tipu Aziz, Oxford neuroscientist said:

"With this vote MEPs are sending a clear message to the national governments that they want Europe to remain at the forefront of 21st century medical science, while also demonstrating their solidarity with the many patients who await the development of new treatments and cures"

While not perfect the proposed revisions to EU directive 86/609 that have been approved by the European parliament strike a good balance between encouraging and facilitating high quality medical research in Europe and protecting the welfare of the animals used in that research. They will now go back to the EU commission and then to the European Council of Ministers, and these bodies may either choose to accept the amendments made by the Parliament, at which point the revisions will become law, or reject and further amend some, which would trigger a further round of debate and voting. It is therefore crucial that the scientific community continues to engage with Europes politicians on this issue to safeguard the progress that has been achieved.

Most intelligent people welcome this vote and thank the MEPs for voting to support and protect the future of medical research in Europe. Without such research medical advances for diseases such as Alzheimer’s and Parkinson’s would be at a huge disadvantage