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19 March 2000 Issue

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Source: New England Anti-Vivisection Society,

NEAVS Marks World Week for Animals in Labs with Special Programs, National Speakers

NEAVS is proud to host Dr. Ray Greek during the Boston stop of his four-city book tour!

Featuring nationally recognized speakers and authors, the New England Anti-Vivisection Society (NEAVS) is presenting special programs and events throughout April to mark World Week for Animals in Labs, April 23- 30.

Ray Greek, MD, author, board-certified anesthesiologist, and pain management specialist, will present a free lecture on Saturday, April 1, from 2 - 4 p.m. at the "Press Room" of the historic Omni Parker House, 60 School St., Boston. Using examples from the highly praised book which he co-authored with his wife who is a veterinarian, Sacred Cows and Golden Geese: The Harm to Humans from Experiments on Animals, Dr. Greek examines the dangers and limitations inherent in animal research -- including hazards to human health.

In her foreword, Dr. Jane Goodall writes: "... the authors use factual, scientific arguments to explain how... the infliction of suffering on animals in medical research is not a biomedical evil, necessary to save human lives, but a real betrayal of the scientific method ...and may actually be harmful to humans. [This book] should find a place in all libraries, including high school libraries."

Dr. Greek instructed at two of the country's most prestigious medical schools and has published in several medical journals. He is well known and widely respected on the lecture circuit, and is an engaging medical authority as he presents his case.

The public, especially NEAVS friends and supporters, are invited to this dynamic and informative free program. Call NEAVS at 617-523-6020 x13 to reserve seating. Space is limited, so be sure to call today!

About Dr. Greek's Book:

The Human Cost of Experiments on Animals
By C. Ray Greek, MD, and Jean Swingle Greek, DVM

The heartfelt argument against animal exploitation in medicine has struggled forward as a largely philosophical and emotional appeal. Hence, until now, misinformation regarding medical achievements garnered through animals has overwhelmed it. Finally, a new book adds hard data regarding the negative economic and health consequences to humans of animal experimentation. It promises to hasten the end of the flaw-filled and wasteful practice. Sacred Cows and Golden Geese thoroughly exposes the scientific failure of using animals for human biomedical research.

Author and physician Ray Greek is this country's most knowledgeable scientific voice against animal experimentation. As such, he is frequently called to debate members of the animal experimentation community. No one is as familiar with their argument and the medical events they claim relied upon animal models. Dr. Greek, and his wife, veterinarian Jean Swingle Greek, have gone to great ends to demonstrate that these claims either misrepresent actual events or the researchers used animals when other means could have provided more accurate, expeditious and less dangerous results.

With hundreds of references, Sacred Cows and Golden Geese proves that animal experimentation is imprecise, unnecessary and hazardous. The comprehensive book takes a look at the actual contributions made by animal experimenters on a case-by-case basis, from AIDS research, to cancer therapies. The references refute the merit of animal experimentation, not from the animal rights perspective, but from that of the hundreds of scientists who have endured its inadequacy. Time and time again, their experience proves how animal experimentation has hindered medical progress and endangered humans.

Sacred Cows and Golden Geese takes a careful look at the subversion of fact and forces that propel this miscarriage of science. It describes the medical research community, the major multimillion dollar corporations that control the shape of medical science the world-over, and the biases of important health organizations that perpetuate animal experimentation. Together, these create a system moving under its own momentum toward a future that is extremely perilous, not just for the animals being experimented upon, but for humans whose health depends on medical breakthroughs.

It is this danger that makes reading Sacred Cows and Golden Geese such an imperative. Its content is, in many respects, bleak. However, the situation is far from hopeless and the course of medical research can be redirected. The Greeks suggest a very different, much more science-based and healthful future for medical investigation. They describe contemporary biotechnologies proffering numerous means to achievement that do not use animals, and in fact, enable much more reliable results.

Sacred Cows and Golden Geese is a beginning, the first exhaustive compilation of evidence representing the scientific fallacy of animal experimentation. It has the potential to be a watershed publication, because by encouraging more people to question the track record and efficacy of the animal experimentation industry, it fortifies the campaign against this cruel and duplicitous convention.

About Ray Greek, MD:

Dr. Ray Greek is a physician who is board-certified in anesthesiology and sub-specialty certified in pain management. He has taught anesthesiology at the University of Wisconsin - Madison and Thomas Jefferson University in Philadelphia. He has published in several medical journals including JAMA, JAVMA, Geriatrics, Pain Digest and Cardiothoracic Anesthesia. He has performed experiments on animals and research on humans. With his wife, Jean, a veterinarian, he wrote Sacred Cows and Golden Geese: The Human Cost of Experiments on Animals. The Greeks' thought-provoking letters-to-the-editor have appeared in leading newspapers across the country, and their Op/Ed pieces have sparked debate among readers both nationally and internationally.

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