Barney Reed
Barney joined the research animals department of the RSPCA in 2002 having previously worked in the Animals Scientific Procedures Division (now known as the Animals in Science Regulation Unit) of the Home Office. He holds an MSc in Applied Animal Behaviour and Animal Welfare and a BSc in Psychology (with Biology). Barney’s interests are varied and include the development and implementation of legislation in the UK and around the world; promoting consideration of ethics and animal welfare relating to the use of animals in experiments; understanding animal behaviour and how the needs of animals can be met; and advocating for fuller implementation of measures that reduce the impact of science on animals. He has spoken at conferences and workshops around the world and has had work published in a range of publications.

Entries by Barney Reed

Animal Research: A New Era and a New Debate?

(0) Comments | Posted 13 May 2014 | (15:14)


A culture of openness and transparency is fast becoming the expected norm in the arenas of science and healthcare. European Parliament approval for a new law requiring the results of clinical trials to be published, academics increasingly publishing work...

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Are Standards for Lab Animals Really 'The Highest Possible'?

(1) Comments | Posted 25 September 2013 | (00:00)

Organisations funding, undertaking, or promoting animal research and testing often tell the public that 'most animal experiments involve little or no discomfort' and that everything is done to 'the highest possible' standards. Little thought, however, seems to be given to what these words might mean to the public, or whether...

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Lab Animals Are Left Waiting for Words to be Turned Into Actions

(37) Comments | Posted 22 November 2012 | (23:00)

In the coming days, MPs and Lords are expected to pass new UK legislation on animal experimentation.

Since a new European Directive on this issue - the catalyst for our own new law - was agreed back in 2010, some in the commercial and academic sectors have been actively...

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