PETA India Outlines a New Deal to Revamp Laboratory Research

Animal experimentation has overwhelmingly failed to help humans suffering from disease. It has been estimated that a “novel drug can take 10 to 15 years and more than $2 billion [USD] to develop, and failure rates occur in about 95 percent of human studies”. Clearly, there is a major problem with the current paradigm for developing and testing drugs and getting them to market, and experiments on animals are one of the main contributing factors.

To address this issue, PETA India scientists have developed the groundbreaking Research Modernisation Deal: a road map for strategically optimising India’s investment in research to cure disease by ending funding for strategies that don’t work, including experiments and education using animals, and instead directing resources towards research that’s relevant to humans, such as accelerating the uptake of advanced technologies that outperform animal-based methods. PETA India is calling on the government to embrace this new plan to reform the broken medical research system.

The Current System Is Broken

The US National Institutes of Health confirms that 95% of all new drugs that are shown to be safe and effective in tests on animals fail in human clinical trials, many are even harmful.

The failure rates of new drugs developed using animals are even higher in specific disease research areas:

Furthermore, the majority of “highly promising” basic science discoveries are based on animal studies, but fewer than 10% of these enter clinical use within 20 years. This matters because the failure to reproduce preclinical research equates to more than Rs 2,11,405 crores per year being spent on misleading experimentation and unacceptable delays in delivering effective treatments.

We need a better way – and PETA India scientists have come up with it: the Research Modernisation Deal.

What's The Research Modernisation Deal About?

PETA India’s Research Modernisation Deal outlines a roadmap for replacing the use of animals in experiments with human-relevant methods.

It includes the following steps:

  1. Eliminating the use of animals immediately in areas in which they have already been shown to be poor surrogates for humans
  2. Critically reviewing additional areas of research to determine where animal use can be ended
  3. Implementing a robust ethical evaluation system as part of policies governing the use of animals, thereby increasing the transparency, accountability, and effectiveness of the regulatory process
  4. Promoting the international harmonisation and acceptance of non-animal testing methods among national and international agencies and research bodies
  5. Redirecting funds from animal experiments to the development of non-animal methods
  6. Educating and training researchers and regulators in non-animal research and testing approaches

PETA India opposes all experiments on animals and campaigns for an immediate end to all animal use. Regulatory and scientific authorities must acknowledge the failure of animal studies and, as a first step, immediately end all animal use in disease research areas in which it is known to fail to produce results that help humans. To do otherwise is unethical, impedes good science, wastes resources, and harms animals.


What You Can Do

Support the Implementation of the Research Modernisation Deal in India – Help End Cruel and Wasteful Experiments on Animals

Now is the time for India to reaffirm its role as a world leader in biomedical research and regulatory testing by shifting away from the failed animal experimentation paradigm and embracing the change that will bring desperately needed treatments, cures, and vaccines.

Please sign our petition requesting that the prime minister work to establish a clear policy mandating an end to animal experimentation and provide a strategy and timeline for achieving this goal.

Sign to show your support of The Research Modernisation Deal.

Join Our Call for a Strategy to Replace the Use of Animals in Experiments

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