• Petitioning Dr Andrew Bennett

This petition will be delivered to:

Mouse Modeler & Director of Alternatives Lab: FRAME
Dr Andrew Bennett
Kings College London
Prof. Jeremy Pearson
Director: CENSES
Prof. Colin Blakemore and Colleagues
Head of non-human primate lab: UCL
Prof. Roger Lemon
Barts Cancer Institute
Prof. Frances Balkwill
Honorary Life President: FRAME
Prof. Michael Balls
Primate lab: Oxford University
Prof. Tipu Aziz
Translational Medicine: Royal Veterinary College
Prof. Dominic Wells
Imperial College London
Prof. Derek Bell
Primate lab: Cambridge University
Prof. Angela Roberts
Prof. Robin Lovell-Badge
Kings College London
Prof. Clive Page
Dr Dario Ringach
Wayne State University
Dr David Gorski
Science Advisor: Society of Biology
Dr Laura Bellingan
Cambridge University
Prof. Dino A Giussani
Imperial College London
Prof. Robert Winston
Dept of Psychology: UCLA
Professor David Jentsch
Medical Science Building, Bristol
Prof. Max Headley
Chair: Concordat on Openness on Animal Research
Dr Geoff Watts
VC Manchester University
Prof. Nancy Rothwell
Oxford Primate Laboratory
Prof. Mathew Rushworth (Oxford Primate Laboratory)
Primate Laboratory at Kings College London
Dr Sarah Rose


    1. For Life On Earth
    2. Petition by

      For Life On Earth

      London, United Kingdom

You may have seen our Alliance for Science recently, on ITV and BBC television news, or perhaps heard one of our BBC radio interviews.  PLEASE JOIN OUR CALL for scientists, who experiment on animals, to be held to account in properly moderated, public scientific debates.
By signing this petition, your letter will automatically be sent to high profile animal experimenters inviting them to go head to head in properly moderated, public scientific debates with the world's leading medical experts who oppose animal experiments, purely on human medical and scientific grounds - namely that misapplying results from animal experiments, to try and 'predict' human responses, causes immense harm to human patients. Current understanding of evolutionary biology is now able to explain why this is the case.


These debates will enable the public, and our government, to hear scientific evidence against the Victorian prediction principle which first institutionalised animal experiments in 1847. The debates will highlight the chasm between 167 year old research assumptions and current scientific knowledge - evidence that will be presented in order to recognise the invalidity of such animal experiments and justify their abandonment, confirmed by a precedent ruling in 2003 on "national interest" grounds.


Your letter will automatically be sent to many of the UK's high profile scientists who experiment on animals, including their leading spokesperson Professor Colin Blakemore. In the Guardian newspaper 17th November 2013, Prof. Blakemore published the following comment about animal experiments: “...it is an unavoidable fact that we need them if we are to develop new medicines and treatments that will save people's lives”. It's time for scientists who continue to make statements like this to be required to justify their claims, under the light of properly moderated, public scientific debate.
In 2012 over forty bioscience organisations and universities in the UK signed a "Declaration on Openness on Animal Research", committed to be more open and transparent with the public about animal use thus: 'Confidence in our research rests on the scientific community embracing an open approach and taking part in an on-going conversation about why and how animals are used in research and the benefits of this. We need to continue to develop open dialogue between the research community and the public.' We believe if this Declaration on Openness is authentic, animal experimenters will welcome this chance to participate in public scientific debates to present and defend their continued use of laboratory animals.
CLARITY! Science not Ethics
The way society treats animals is unquestionably of great significance and value. It is often reported that Gandhi said "The greatness of a nation and its moral progress can be judged by the way its animals are treated.” Even so, ethics about animals cannot enter a debate about medical facts which, as such, can only ever be about objectively verifiable, scientific evidence - including the "does this work or not?" questions. We therefore clearly state that our call for scientific debates must not be confused with any ethical debate motion; neither must it be confused with the National Center for 3Rs, (Reduction, Refinement Replacement) which states: "The 3Rs are a widely accepted ethical framework for conducting scientific experiments using animals humanely". In addition to our call for scientific debates, it should also be clearly stated here that we oppose the 3Rs (Reduction of animal numbers, Refinement of harmful procedures and Replacement with 'alternatives') which ignore current science and also betray animals.
And sign our petition that calls for scientists, who experiment on animals, to be held to public, scientific accountability.
Thank you.

Patients, Families and Friends for Science-Based Medicine;  NO to Animal Experiments (comprising the campaigns Save the Harlan BeaglesOppose B and K Universal and Lab Beagle 1030) posting under their flagship, the science-based Parliamentary campaign For Life On Earth
To read the petition's letter, please scroll down below the following list of its twenty-three recipients and please visit this link to enable MPs to sign EDM 22 in support.

Recent signatures


    1. Reached 15,000 signatures
    2. The first properly moderated, public scientific debate is on its way!

      For Life On Earth
      Petition Organizer

      The UK's lobbying group for the animal experimentation community - 'Understanding Animal Research' (UAR) - have publicly agreed, via twitter, to participate in the first properly moderated public scientific debate, as called for by Parliamentary EDM 263 and this supporting petition. Britain's leading human rights defence lawyer Michael Mansfield QC - currently representing the Hillsborough families - has endorsed as "well set out and fair" the debate's conditions. Read our response to UAR here:

      WE ARE ON OUR WAY to a first debate which will enable the world's leading medical experts against experiments on animals submit evidence, in order to show that trying to apply results from animal experiments, claiming they are able to 'predict' human responses, is a proven invalid scientific method. Current understanding of evolutionary biology is now able to explain exactly why animal experiments fail to 'save your child's life'.

    3. Reached 12,500 signatures
    4. We've reached 5,000 signatures in 2 days!

      For Life On Earth
      Petition Organizer

      On behalf of our human Patient Group, Save the Harlan Beagles and Oppose B & K Universal thank you for this incredible support. Our call for properly moderated, public scientific debates coincides with a 'Declaration of Openness' signed by many organisations that experiment on animals, so your support is arriving at the perfect time, thank you again. Please watch and share the courageous video slideshow highlighting the human cost of experiments on animals, narrated by the founder of our Patient Group, 24 year old multiple sclerosis patient Rebecca Groves: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=SS1TWbQ9-pg

      Introducing FLOE's Patient, Families and Friends Group

      This is a powerful testament narrated by 24 year old multiple sclerosis patient Rebecca Groves, founder of the Patient, Families and Friends Group at For Life On Earth. Rebecca takes the listener on a brief journey through time, from 1847 - when animal experiments first became institutionalised - right up to science's present day understanding of complexity and evolutionary biology.

    5. Reached 5,000 signatures
    6. Decision-maker Ranveig Berg responds:

      Ranveig Berg

      Hi there,

      This profile was not set up by Dr Geoff Watts, and the email address you have entered to target him is for the Nuffield Council on Bioethics, and not for Dr Watts.
      Please can you take this email address off your petition.

    7. Reached 10 signatures


    Reasons for signing

    • ashley prieto WINTER PARK, FL
      • about 3 hours ago

      This is one if the worst things I've ever seen how could anyone do this to something that always conditionally loves you. Save animals from awful carless humans! The people who do the experiments should go to hell.

    • Maria Derenzin TORRANCE, CA
      • about 5 hours ago

      I'm signing because no one should ever have to suffer like this.

    • Lisa McKinnon AUSTRALIA
      • about 8 hours ago

      Stop all lab testing on defenceless beagles.

    • Kayla Powell WILMINGTON, DE
      • about 18 hours ago

      I'm signing this because this is cruel & animals shouldn't have to get treated like this like I always say how would you feel if you were in the other person or In this case dogs life like they can't stand up for them selfs & people go around killing like it's nothing and that needs to stop & there so harmless this is just cruel

    • Sir Christopher Carealot BRISVEGAS, AUSTRALIA
      • about 20 hours ago

      Animals deserve better than this.


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