52% of American public opposes the use of animals in scientific research

The Pew Research Center’s poll of over 2,500 members of the public shows the continuation of a worrying trend in support for animal research in the U.S. Among adults, 52% of respondents said they “opposed the use of animals in scientific research”, with 47% in favour. This is slightly down from 2015 when only 50% … Continue reading 52% of American public opposes the use of animals in scientific research

Number of animal experiments in Great Britain falls for second consecutive year

The UK Home Office has published the 2017 annual statistics (permalink) showing the number of animal procedures carried out in Great Britain under the Animals (Scientific Procedures) Act, 1986; this covers all vertebrate species (and Cephalopods). In 2017 there were 3.79 million procedures carried out, down 3.7% from 2016 (3.94 million). These numbers do not include figures from … Continue reading Number of animal experiments in Great Britain falls for second consecutive year

Animal Testing: Humane Research from a Human Perspective

It is not often that we publish student essays on Speaking of Research, however, when we received the following essay from Zaim Zibran, a junior at Walton High School in Georgia, US, we felt compelled to share it. Zaim is currently doing a summer internship at the James P Grant School of Public Health in … Continue reading Animal Testing: Humane Research from a Human Perspective

Will PETA Embrace Openness?

Two weeks ago, the American scientific community took a stand. Hundreds of scientists, veterinarians and animal care staff signed a letter in support of greater openness. To top it off, four Nobel Laureates - William Campbell, Mario Capecchi, Carol Greider and Torsten Wiesel - added their names to the list. The letter calls for America’s … Continue reading Will PETA Embrace Openness?

Switzerland, Slovakia, Luxembourg and Austria publish 2017 statistics on animals in research

Yesterday, Switzerland published their 2017 statistics (permalink). This adds to recent publications from Slovakia and Luxembourg, which we provide analyses for below. You can find more information on our Worldwide Animal Statistics page, as well as our Historical Statistics page, which now contains over 150 entries as we continue to build the largest database of … Continue reading Switzerland, Slovakia, Luxembourg and Austria publish 2017 statistics on animals in research

Nobel Prize Winners lead the call for greater openness in animal research

USA Today has published our open letter calling for increased openness about the important role of animals in health research. Below, we provide the full list of almost 600 signatures, including four Nobel Laureates, who have signed their support for our initiative. We hope this action will put pressure on institutions across the US to … Continue reading Nobel Prize Winners lead the call for greater openness in animal research

What does animal research really look like? Help us show the world

If you pass an antivivisection demonstration, you may find yourself staring at images of animals which bear little relation to modern research. These photos are often from other countries, decades out of date, or entirely  out of context. If you want to see the scale of the problem then we recommend you Google ‘animal testing‘ … Continue reading What does animal research really look like? Help us show the world