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Animal Testing Exposed

Added: (Fri May 31 2002)

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Greed is Driving Force Behind Animal Experiments

(LOS ANGELES) One-half of the money invested in healthcare research in the United States is spent using animals as models to study human disease. Or, as Doctors Ray and Jean Greek would say, one-half of the money invested in United States healthcare research is wasted. In their latest book, Specious Science: How Genetics and Evolution Reveal Why Medical Research on Animals Harms Humans (Continuum Publishing, May 2002, ISBN: 0-8264-1398-6, $26.95), the Greeks tell readers why “experiments on animals waste time, money and talent.”

Ray and Jean Greek reason that, although not a reliable source, animal testing, or vivisection, has remained popular largely because too many people gain from its existence. They contend that although animal tests have produced random and inconclusive results, scientists, pharmaceutical companies, healthcare providers and animal-laboratory manufacturers have a vested interest in promoting animal testing, regardless of its overall effect on studying human disease.

As guests, Drs. Ray and Jean Greek can discuss:
The numerous alternatives to animal-based research that are more successful and less costly
How vivisection is unreliable and can even be harmful to humans
Why scientists continue to use animal testing even though the results are inconclusive
Their research and the results that led them to write two books on the subject of animal experimentation
The scientific reasons that prove animal testing is not a valid method of examining human disease

Specious Science was written to inform people of the dangers of vivisection because the medical industry is reluctant to offend money-making companies that would not want this information aired. As long as these companies are in charge of how healthcare research is spent, it will be wasted on animal-based research, regardless of the harm it causes to humans. Drs. Greek make the comparison that, “putting vested-interest groups in charge of allocating research funds is akin to putting the fox in charge of the hen house.”

Ray Greek, M.D. and Jean Swingle Greek, D.V.M. co-founded AFMA, Americans for Medical Advancement, and Ray also serves as president of the organization. Specious Science is their second book to explore the topic of animal experimentation. The Greeks live outside Los Angeles with over a dozen pets including two pygmy goats and eight cats.

To schedule an interview with Drs. Ray or Jean Greek, authors of Specious Science: How Genetics and Evolution Reveal Why Medical Research on Animals Harms Humans, or to request a media review copy please contact Marika Flatt of Phenix & Phenix, Literary Publicists at (512) 478-2028, ext. 201 or marika@bookpros.com.

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