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Fall 2010 newsletter

Fall 2010 newsletter

President's Message:

There’s no doubt that animal experiments are cruel. Sometimes, though, the ethical argument is not enough to bring scientists, policy-makers, and the public on board. NEAVS/Project R&R Science Director Jarrod Bailey, Ph.D., is responding by challenging the scientific rhetoric of those vested in animal research with the scientific realities of the flaws and dangers of animal use and the benefits of alternatives.  

Dr. Bailey earned his doctorate in viral genetics at Newcastle University, U.K. While examining the causes of premature birth using human tissue samples, he became interested in human-based research and, by contrast, the relevance—or lack thereof —of animal experiments to human disease. 

An international expert on the validity of animal research, Dr. Bailey has published numerous papers, been the subject of several media interviews, presented at scientific conferences around the world, and participated in high-level debates and discussions in the U.S., the U.K., and the Belgian, Italian and European parliaments.

Since joining NEAVS in 2005, Dr. Bailey has published several papers in peer-reviewed science journals, which have been critical to Project R&R: Release and Restitution for Chimpanzees in U.S. Laboratories, our campaign to end the use of great apes in invasive U.S. research. These papers evaluate the relevance of using chimpanzees to conduct research on human diseases such as HIV/AIDS, cancer, and hepatitis C. His work has drawn clear and repeated conclusions that even research on our closest genetic relatives—chimpanzees—has had little or no impact on human medical advances, helping us build an irrefutable scientific case in support of the Great Ape Protection Act (H.R. 1326).

Dr. Bailey is also chief author of the Mandatory Alternatives Petition, a document submitted to the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) by a coalition comprised of NEAVS and other organizations, requesting that the FDA require the use of validated non-animal testing methods in drug and product testing in place of animal methods. NEAVS is pro-science—pro-human-based science, which replaces flawed and outdated animal models. Our work with Dr. Bailey makes NEAVS an international leader in the movement for humane and better science. We are proud to have Dr. Bailey as a vital part of NEAVS’ team.

Most of us work on behalf of animals in labs because what we know breaks our hearts. We do all that we do because it is right—moral, ethical, and humane. Unfortunately there are still those who gladly sacrifice animals upon the altars of science in hopes of cures, treatments, and preventions of disease and death for themselves or those they love. No matter the cost, they will continue to support the use of animals in hopes of a better life. There is only one thing that will convince them to join our cause: showing them the dangerous, shoddy, ineffective science that animal research is and how much more will be gainedwhen cruel animal experiments and testing are replaced with scientifically superior and humane alternatives. This is the reason NEAVS searched for and found someone who could fight science with science. Jarrod Bailey is one of NEAVS’ strongest weapons. His keen scientific arguments expose and indict the poor science that comes from using other species to study our own.

For this UPDATE, which comes in the heat of our campaigns to end the use of our genetic next of kin—chimpanzees—in research, and in the wake of bringing our Mandatory Alternative Petition coalition efforts to the offices of the U.S. Food and Drug Administration, I wanted Dr. Bailey to be front and center. He has published papers, authored petitions, lobbied, and presented worldwide. He has gone above and beyond to help us move our campaigns to success. While we could have chosen a formal picture of Dr. Bailey for our cover, we went with the one of him with his beloved Barney in his arms. Dr. Bailey is a scientist, a bright, articulate, effective scientist. But he is also someone who respects and cares deeply for animals. A perfect combination—wouldn’t you say?

On behalf of all the animals we work for together, thank you for your commitment to NEAVS.

Theodora Capaldo, EdD
President

To read the full newsletter, you can download Fall 2010 UPDATE here.