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For a telethon that turns towards the future

Mis à jour le 07 December 2018

The 32nd edition of the Telethon will be held on December 7th and 8th. Since its creation in 1987, this event has raised more than two billion euros. A colossal sum to help and cure patients with "innovative" therapies. One Voice is calling on researchers to develop alternative methods to that of dog experiments and to make the Telethon the spearhead of a science that is reinventing itself.

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Extreme media cover and praiseworthy reviews, the Telethon annually raises an immense surge of solidarity around rare genetic diseases to offer support and hope to those who suffer from it. The millions of euros collected during each edition are used to feed the resources of the French Association against Myopathies (AFM) which pursues a triple mission:

  • Healing (research and development of innovative therapies),
  • Help the sick (care, support, citizenship),
  • Communicate knowledge to families, professionals and the general public.

Animal experimentation

Since 1987, this unifying event has raised more than two billion euros and subsidized a lot of research in the field of biotherapies. But there is a but ". During all these years, a large part of the sums allocated has also caused a lot of suffering by including the deliberate birth of puppies with illnesses. Placed into isolation in a completely sanitized space in the laboratories, victims of the degeneration inflicted upon their bodies, most of them underwent repeated experiments before dying, eventually carried away by their pathologies or to be put down.

Promote alternative methods

Can we consider that the few advances in research are sufficient to endorse this? For One Voice, the answer is obviously no! Let's not forget that effective therapies for dogs must still prove to be conclusive and safe for humans! So why "tinker" with an experimentation model based on a species that is completely different from us, rather than resolutely engaging in a modern, ethical and reliable science? Can we not develop an experimentation model that is directly transposable to that of a human? Alternative methods just need to be developed. The scientists who are interested in it are very confident in the possibilities they offer.

Capitalizing on these advanced techniques would bring much safer answers in research to help the sick. It is on these new techniques that the funds of the next Telethon should be invested. Real medical advances would then be possible, and this time without torture or sacrifice. It is here that we must focus, it is in this approach that lies the real solution to heal these atrocious diseases and not to suffer any longer, nobody.

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loulou | Sunday 02 December 2018

Scientifique cultivé sans conscience n'est pas un chercheur évolué ! si le scientifique est si malin, qu'il trouve une autre solution à sa recherche mais ne pas condamner des animaux pour leur facilité d'études, si le scientifique est tellement scientifique vu son intelligence qu'il cherche un autre moyen à sa science que de martyriser l'animal, que ce soit pour n'importe quel domaine, l'expérimentation animale est lâche !

zibany | Sunday 02 December 2018

il y d'autres méthodes que de sacrifier des animaux ,employons les ....

Marie | Saturday 01 December 2018

Je ne donnerai jamais rien pour le téléthon tant qu'ils utilisent des animaux pour leurs recherches.

Stéphane | Saturday 01 December 2018

Je ne donnerai jamais au Téléthon, en tout cas tant que les chercheurs persisteront à torturer les animaux de laboratoires.
Surtout qu'il n'y a aucune avancée réelle depuis des décennies !
Il est temps de financer et développer des méthodes alternatives plus fiables et plus prometteuses.