Times Prefers Propaganda To Truth
I sent the following letter to the Letters Page of the
Financial Times on 17.9.07
In today's FT your editorial `Confront animal rights
fanatics' contains an egregious inaccuracy.
Your statement that `animal
testing is an essential part of drug development, which benefits not only
pharmaceutical companies but human health and economic growth' is, quite simply,
provably untrue. Animal testing is irrelevant and misleading. It is of no value
whatsoever to patients. In evidence to a House of Lords committee studying
animal experimentation I proved this point beyond dispute. (The evidence is
freely available on the Internet.)
Unfortunately, the truth isn't
welcomed by the media. Your suggestion that `democratic debate and protest
around the testing of medicines is to be welcomed' is, I'm afraid, laughable.
Those of us who oppose animal experiments on scientific grounds are more
frustrated by the actions of extremists than anyone. Extremists distract
attention away from scientific discussion.
If the media would allow open
and honest discussion of the issue problems surrounding animal experimentation
would cease very quickly because no one would do any more animal experiments.
Dr Vernon Coleman
probably not be surprised to hear that the Financial Times, apparently
preferring commercial propaganda to scientific truth, did not publish this
letter or make any reference to it.
Copyright Vernon Coleman