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Theodora Capaldo, EdD Biography

President and Executive Director of the New England Anti-Vivisection Society (NEAVS)
Con to the question "Should Animals Be Used for Scientific or Commercial Testing?"

“Animals in labs suffer tremendously in the name of science. However, systematic analysis of biomedical literature shows that animals have given us inadequate or erroneous information in human disease and toxicology and that in many cases medical breakthroughs were delayed by dependence on animal models…

Even in a species’ whose DNA is nearly identical to humans, the chimpanzee, gene variations and expression result in vast important differences that render even the chimpanzee an ‘unnecessary’ model to study human health and disease. Species differences exist in the process by which a drug is absorbed, distributed, metabolized, and eliminated, and in the causes, progression, and outcome of diseases. As a result, for example, a mouse may develop cancer in the same location as a human, but they are not the same cancers…

Non-animal methods are superior on all fronts: they are more efficient, accurate, and cost-effective than animal experiments. Using human cell cultures to test toxicity yields 76-84% accurate prediction, illuminates specific organ damage, and other more meaningful results than animal tests which hover around 46-50% accuracy, literally no better than a coin flip.”

“Inadequate Laws Don’t – but Research Alternatives Will – Protect Animals in Labs,”, Jan. 14, 2013

Involvement and Affiliations:
  • President and Executive Director, New England Anti-Vivisection Society (NEAVS), 1996-present
  • President and Executive Director, Ethical Science Education Coalition (ESEC, educational affiliate of NEAVS)
  • Trustee, American Fund for Alternatives to Animal Research (AFAAR, a NEAVS affiliate)
  • Massachusetts-licensed psychologist
  • Member, American Psychological Association
  • Former Fellow, Massachusetts Psychological Association
  • Former board member, Psychologists for the Ethical Treatment of Animals
  • Former college-level Psychology teacher
  • Former college-level Director of Counseling
  • Spoke at the InterNICHE Conference (Oslo, Norway), 4th World Congress on Animal Use and Alternatives in the Life Sciences (New Orleans, LA), New York Bar Association, Massachusetts Bar Association, International Primatological Society’s XXII Congress (Edinburgh, Scotland), American Primatological Association (Louisville, KY), Animal Grant Makers Conference, (Baton Rouge, LA), New York Capital Region Vegetarian Association, and at other venues
  • EdD, Boston University, 1979
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Pro & Con Quotes: Should Animals Be Used for Scientific or Commercial Testing?