A position statement can help an institution be open and transparent about why and how it uses animals in its biomedical research. This can help pre-empt questions from the public or media, it can provide a basis for replying to news stories, and it shows its researchers that it is proud of the important work they do. For this reason we believe all institutions should have a public statement (see ours).
With the help of our readers we’ve been creating a list of the position statements. This list currently encompasses 161 research institutions including universities, pharmaceuticals, medical research charities and funding bodies.
Check if your institution is on the list
|Country||Number of web statements
||Number of institutions doing animal research
|Canada||4||More than 4|
|Germany||7||More than 7|
|Netherlands||1||More than 1|
|Switzerland||2||More than 2|
|United Kingdom||76||More than 76|
|United States||56||More than 56|
|International||15||More than 15|
Clearly our list is incomplete (though to the UK’s credit, their list of web statements accounts for a significant proportion of institutions doing animal research). This is partly because our list is missing some existing statements, and partly because some institutions do not have a statement. We need your help to expand the list.
To that end, we’ve made a handy flow chart to help you work out what to do once you’ve checked if your institution is on our list.
Find our article ‘What makes a good animal research statement‘ here. Also, take a look at some of these exemplary position statements and webpages about animal research:
- University of Wisconsin-Madison – Why Animal Research Matters (US)
- Imperial College London – Animal research at Imperial (UK)
- Novartis – Animals & Research (International)
- Parkinson’s UK – Policy statement: Use of animals in research (UK)
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