Animal Research

How This Freaky Synthetic Dog Could Save Thousands Of Animals

The Huffington Post | Kathryn Snowdon | Posted 09.06.2016 | UK

Thousands of animals could be saved from undergoing medical procedures in veterinary training schools worldwide, thanks to a new synthetic dog model d...

On World Day for Laboratory Animals, 24 Belgian Institutions Unite in Support of Animal Research

Kirk Leech | Posted 29.04.2016 | UK
Kirk Leech

World Day for Laboratory Animals on 24 April was originally established by animal rights activists to raise awareness for the fate of animals in labor...

How One Medical Research Charity Is Replacing Animals In Laboratories

The Huffington Post | Kathryn Snowdon | Posted 04.05.2016 | UK

Mention animal testing, and it's likely you'll be met with a barrage of very strong opinions on either side, from those who insist the practice is cru...

This Article Was Not Tested on Animals

Tom Holder | Posted 14.04.2016 | UK
Tom Holder

Understanding Animal Research has written to all major supermarkets and cosmetic retailers, urging them to put additional information in their stores to help inform the public. Such actions would help clear a misconception which is affecting over half of the British public.

The Zika Fight - Monkeys and Mice and Mosquitoes, Oh My!

Mia Rozenbaum | Posted 28.03.2016 | UK Tech
Mia Rozenbaum

Researchers, such as AB Failloux and her team, are looking at the mosquito to study its susceptibility to contract the Zika virus but also the progression and evolution of the virus in the insects.

Pro-Test: A Decade of Difference

Laurie Pycroft | Posted 24.02.2016 | UK
Laurie Pycroft

Ten years ago today, on a cold Saturday morning in Oxford, I was standing in Oxford city centre watching hundreds of people congregate to rally - not against - but in favour of constructing a new animal research laboratory at the University of Oxford.

How to Talk About Animal Research

Chris Magee | Posted 03.12.2015 | UK Tech
Chris Magee

Animals are potentially suffering and it is right to acknowledge that in full, but they are also not suffering for no reason. Granted, they are likely suffering less than the general public already believe them to be.

Why People Are Wrong to Oppose the New Beagle Breeding Facility

Tom Holder | Posted 21.07.2016 | UK
Tom Holder

Animal research may not be something we want to think about when we take our medicines - but it is something necessary for those medicines to exist. Instead of trying to ban animal research, let's instead make sure that if we do it, we do it to world-class standards.

Will Voting Be Bad for Your Health?

Mia Rozenbaum | Posted 24.05.2015 | UK Politics
Mia Rozenbaum

Like most people, when I go to vote next may, the first thing I'll have in mind will probably not be the cure for dementia that could help my mother in 20 years' time, or the cure for autism that might help my child in years to come, or even the treatment for cancer that could save my life in 50 years' time.

Did You Know Dolphins Have Genital Warts?

Mia Rozenbaum | Posted 16.03.2015 | UK Lifestyle
Mia Rozenbaum

Today is national STI day, and Ladies and Gentlemen, two weeks after the intense partying over New Year, it might be time to think about your sexual health.

Stifling Scientific Criticism of Animal Research Is a Desperate Maneuver

Troy Seidle | Posted 20.01.2015 | UK
Troy Seidle

Open and honest discourse and the free exchange of views is the cornerstone of scientific enquiry. Without it, ideas stagnate, progress is delayed, and the status quo prevails -- not because it deserves to, but because alternate viewpoints have been stifled.

Better Science Without Animal Suffering Showcased at World Congress on Alternatives 2014

Troy Seidle | Posted 10.11.2014 | UK
Troy Seidle

Humane Society International's global #BeCrueltyFree team has just returned from the World Congress on Alternatives and Animal Use in the Life Science...

Imperial College London 'Not Maintaining Legal Animal Welfare Standards'

PA | Posted 02.07.2014 | UK

One of the UK's leading scientific institutions has fallen short of its duty to maintain legal animal welfare standards, according to Government advis...

Cruelty Still Flies With Air France

Mimi Bekhechi | Posted 23.07.2014 | UK
Mimi Bekhechi

Most passengers aboard Air France flights probably have no idea that in the cargo holds right beneath their feet could huddle dozens of terrified monkeys locked in small boxes and headed for nightmarish laboratories or that their ticket supported a company that is knowingly delivering these unfortunate primate passengers to laboratories...

Memories Are Worth Fighting for - the 21st Century Way

Troy Seidle | Posted 21.07.2014 | UK Lifestyle
Troy Seidle

Progress is urgently needed in understanding Alzheimer's disease and in finding effective treatments. Available drugs can help stabilise memory loss and confusion for a few months in about half of patients, but no preventative treatments exist and none that slow the inexorable development of the disease.

Animal Research: A New Era and a New Debate?

Barney Reed | Posted 13.07.2014 | UK
Barney Reed

We want to see a debate framed in terms of what is happening now, not whether the use of animals led to a scientific discovery or progress eighty or a hundred years ago. Science, technology, and concern for animals have all evolved significantly since then, and the debate must too. Why is a specific animal 'model' or study thought relevant or valid now?

Chinese Scientists Receive Training in Non-Animal Testing Ahead of China's New Cosmetics Rule

Troy Seidle | Posted 05.07.2014 | UK
Troy Seidle

Next month, China is expected to implement the most significant change to its cosmetics testing regulations in more than 20 years - removal of mandatory animal testing for ordinary cosmetics manufactured within China. For the first time ever, Chinese companies will be able to choose to use a state-of-the-art non-animal test instead of a decades' old animal test.

If I Made My Money Telling Science Horror Stories I'd Be Worried About Open Labs Too

Chris Magee | Posted 09.07.2014 | UK
Chris Magee

Of course I'm not claiming animals never suffer in labs - that's why such research is licensed. My point is merely that it's likely that most people have a worse perception about what goes on than is the case in reality.

Anti-Vivisectionists Show Hypocrisy in Backing the Badger TB Vaccine

Chris Magee | Posted 06.04.2014 | UK Politics
Chris Magee

Perhaps Brian May and Brian Blessed hold more nuanced views on animal research than absolute prohibition, but it is hard to tell when they offer their support to prohibitionist organisations. One thing is for sure: no animal research, no badger vaccine.

Is Cruelty the Institutionalised Standard in Animal Research?

Victoria Martindale | Posted 16.02.2014 | UK
Victoria Martindale

If it takes an undercover investigation, a review by an independent committee of experts, 65,000 signatures on a petition and an ongoing Home Office inquiry to bring these shameful acts of cruelty in one of our most prestigious Universities to light what hope is there for animal welfare standards in laboratories across the country?

Cures for the Leading Diseases in the Western World are on the Horizon

Troy Seidle | Posted 03.02.2014 | UK
Troy Seidle

Instead of gambling our medicines -- and our lives -- upon these dismal stakes, scientists can make more meaningful predictions about the effectiveness of new therapies in humans and about their safety that are relevant to people in the real world, and intercept the progression of disease before a patient even receives their diagnosis.

Animal Researchers May Well Talk the Talk, but Are They Prepared to Walk the Walk?

Michelle Thew | Posted 23.01.2014 | UK
Michelle Thew

The animal research industry has learnt the PR value of acknowledging the need to consign to history the overwhelming secrecy which governs its work... But what does such verbiage actually mean?

Your Chance to Tell Animal Researchers What Openness Looks Like to You

Chris Magee | Posted 07.11.2013 | UK
Chris Magee

In October 2012, over 40 organisations involved with bioscience in the UK signed a Declaration on Openness on Animal Research, committing them to sett...

MPs Should Think Twice Before Signing EDMs

Chris Magee | Posted 30.11.2013 | UK Politics
Chris Magee

The name makes it sound as if these statements, which Members of Parliament can put their names to in support, lie at the foothills of some sort of legislative process, sparking debates and justifying Parliamentary scrutiny. In fact, the process begins and ends with MPs sending a letter to the Vote Office, where their name will be added to a list. They are essentially meaningless.

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

Barney Reed | Posted 24.11.2013 | UK Tech
Barney Reed

Given our expanding understanding of animals' needs and their capacity to experience suffering, it is clear that some of the current provisions for animals are not the highest standards that could be possible.