News about animal testing seems to be a regular occurrence nowadays and thank fully, the news is a little more reassuring each time.
A recent article published by the Financial Times has revealed that a new artificial intelligence system could be the beginning of the end to animal testing.
Professor Thomas Hartung is the lead designer of the new AI system and believes that the computer-based predications will be more reliable than current animal testing methods and could ultimately replace them as a cheaper alternative. As a result of this discovery, the US Food and Drug Administration and the Environmental Protection Agency have now begun assessments into whether the new system can replace existing animal testing.
Bearing in mind that PETA also revealed back in January that 90% National Institute of Health’s animal experiments are of no value and do not lead to the treatment of humans as they are so unreliable. This means that the NIH wastes $12 billion dollars of American tax payer’s money on pointless and cruel animal experimentations, each year.
In addition to this, the UK Home Office have released animal testing statistics in the UK for 2017 and revealed that 3,721,744 animals were used for research in the UK during 2017. This does however show a drop of 145,784 in the number of animals used for testing.
Brazil has one of the largest cosmetics markets in the world and is home to the cosmetics group Natura, who recently bought UK cosmetics chain The Body Shop (formerly owned by L’Oreal, a company known to still be testing on animals). They too have recently taken more positive steps towards ending animal testing with the sixth Brazilian state, Minas Gerais, now voting to end the use of animals in cosmetics testing.
Coincide this information with the recent announcement from Russian airline AirBridge Cargo that they will no longer be participating in the shipment of live monkeys, who end up being used in laboratories, suggests that they have also taken the moral high ground in an attempt to distance themselves from the inhumane practices of animal testing.