As members of the public—and members of Congress—decry controversial experiments on beagles funded by the National Institutes of Health (NIH), U.S. Rep. Brendan Boyle (D-Pa.) is set to host a virtual congressional briefing on PETA scientists’ Research Modernization Deal, which outlines a plan to implement modern, human-relevant scientific research methods.
Among the speakers are PETA honorary board member and The Sopranos star Edie Falco; physicians Carol Tavani, Patrice Green, and James Yahr; and PETA neuroscientists Emily Trunnell and Katherine Roe, a former NIH researcher.
PETA’s Research Modernization Deal exposes what few legislators know: More than 90% of basic research, most of which involves animals, fails to lead to treatments for humans, and 95% of new medications successfully tested on animals fail in human clinical trials.
“Nearly half of NIH’s budget goes toward funding failed experiments on animals—while people wait for treatments or vaccines for HIV, Alzheimer’s disease, Parkinson’s disease, and many other terrible illnesses. PETA’s Research Modernization Deal offers an evidence-based strategy for ending this waste of time, money, and animals’ lives.”
—Dr. Katherine Roe