Regulations of research has always been an important issue for animal welfarists (as opposed to animal rights activists who start on a fundamentally different set of assumptions). Many people do not realize that there are strict protocols that monitor and regulate research. For this reason we have created a new page dedicated to the regulations surrounding the use of animals in laboratories. This covers the role of the Institutional Official, the Attending Veterinarian, the Institutional Animal Care and Use Committee (IACUC), and other regulatory requirements.
Some activists suggest that because the animal welfare act does not cover mice and rats, that 95% of research is essentially unregulated. This could not be further from the truth, and the regulations page will help explain how the various institutional frameworks fit together to ensure the highest standards of care to all animals – be it mouse or monkey.
We hope to continue to further expand this section in the future.