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12 - 05 - 2016

Peta criticizes AFM-Téléthon for using animal models

Peta France broadcasted a 2013 video showing dogs raised at the National Veterinary School of Maison-Alfort for research on muscular dystrophy, research directed by AFM-Téléthon. Observing that the animals showed progressive muscular weakness and difficulty walking and swallowing, Peta France concluded that the experiments are cruel and should instead be carried out on patient stem cells. 

Peta criticizes AFM-Téléthon for using animal models
Peta is an association form the United States that opposes any use of animals, for example for food or biomedical research. Its co-founder, Ingrid Newkirk, declared in 1989, when the number of deaths due to AIDS exploded in the world, “even if animal research resulted in a cure for AIDS, we would be against it”. The work supported by AFM-Téléthon has enabled many advances in the fight against rare and disabling genetic diseases. Its researchers use the scientifically most effective biological models among which patient stem cells but also animal models such as dogs with muscular dystrophy. Indeed, once the studies at the cellular level have been carried out, the switch to humans needs to be prepared, and today, it is out of question of dispensing of animal models that bring lots of scientific and therapeutic information that no other models can bring. Moreover, these animal tests are required by the regulations. The total of European biomedical research as well as the European Commission have recently reminded people that the use of animals in research provides an understanding of the biological mechanisms of animals and humans that other research models cannot provide.A comprehensive regulatory framework ensures the protection of animals used in research. It prohibits the use of animal experiments if other models exist, and requires the prior examination of studies by an ethics committee, the authorization of the studies by the authorities, validated training of staff, the accreditation of establishments and housing conditions, and inspections.