Animal Testing

Animal Testing Is On The Rise And Brexit Could Make It Even Worse

The Huffington Post | Kathryn Snowdon | Posted 20.07.2016 | UK

A 7% rise in animal experiments makes a “mockery” of the government’s pledge to replace, reduce and refine the use of animals in scientific rese...

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.

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.

These 10 Universities Experimented On More Than One Million Animals In Just One Year

The Huffington Post UK | Lucy Sherriff | Posted 01.02.2016 | UK Universities & Education

Universities experimented on almost one million animals within just one year, with testing in institutions amounting to around half of all animal expe...

Animal Rights Group Slams Creation Of World's First 'Autistic' Monkeys

The Huffington Post UK | Kathryn Snowdon | Posted 28.01.2016 | UK

Anti-vivisectionists have lambasted the "cruel" and "flawed" creation of the world's first ever autistic monkeys. Scientists in China have genetica...

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.

Brian May Champions Scientists Working 'Without Recognition' To Beat Animal Testing

The Huffington Post UK | Kathryn Snowdon | Posted 24.11.2015 | UK

Dr Brian May championed the "inspirational" scientists who have been working tirelessly to replace the use of animals in research, as their results st...

Why 'Rehomed' Research Animals Could Be Sent To Slaughter

The Huffington Post UK | Kathryn Snowdon | Posted 30.10.2015 | UK

Animals used in UK laboratories who are due to be "rehomed" could instead be sent to a slaughterhouse or be used in further experiments overseas, it h...

Does Depriving Dogs of Daylight Get Better If They Never Have It?

Dr Nick Palmer | Posted 17.09.2016 | UK
Dr Nick Palmer

The current controversy over the proposed development of the Bantin & Kingman (B&K) dog-breeding establishment in Yorkshire starkly illustrates the wi...

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.

Beagle Puppy Farm For Animal Testing Approved In Yorkshire

Huffington Post UK | Sara C Nelson | Posted 17.07.2015 | UK

Leading animal rights campaigners have condemned the approval for a controversial farm that will breed beagles for scientific tests. Communities S...

Wasn't I Born to be Loved?

Sharon Bull | Posted 02.06.2016 | UK
Sharon Bull

Surely, the time has to come when animals being used in laboratories is written off into the history books and looked down upon as the antiquated and callous practise that it is.

Taiwan Joins the #BeCrueltyFree Movement With Bill to Ban Cosmetics Animal Testing

Troy Seidle | Posted 17.06.2015 | UK
Troy Seidle

It's clear to see that our #BeCrueltyFree campaign is a powerful force to be reckoned with on behalf of animals in laboratories. I hope that we will soon be able to add a Taiwanese ban on cosmetics cruelty to that list!

When Is a Ban Not a Ban?

Troy Seidle | Posted 09.05.2015 | UK
Troy Seidle

We defend those who cannot defend themselves, speak up for the voiceless, campaign for what is in their best interests, not our own. That's our job.

Outdated and Unreliable: Cosmetic Testing on Animals

Harriet Williamson | Posted 30.01.2015 | UK Lifestyle
Harriet Williamson

I'll start with a disclaimer: I love makeup. I love it, but I can't justify buying a product that isn't essential to my life, that has been developed by companies responsible for the suffering and death of animals, regardless of how good the discount is or whether Kate Moss appears in the advert.

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.

The BUAV Responds to Animal Research Apologists

Michelle Thew | Posted 14.12.2014 | UK
Michelle Thew

If, as is often the case, the suffering is great or the hoped-for benefits are trivial or the science is questionable, but no rules are broken, the position is more, not less, worrying, since it shows how weak the licensing system is.

India Makes History with Import Ban on Newly Animal-Tested Cosmetics

Troy Seidle | Posted 15.12.2014 | UK
Troy Seidle

My colleagues atHumane Society International's India office in Hyderabad are celebrating an historic #BeCrueltyFree campaign victory this week: India has banned the import of cosmetic products and ingredients newly tested on animals, and now becomes the first cruelty-free cosmetics zone in South Asia.

The Living Nightmare for Primates Used in Research

Michelle Thew | Posted 16.11.2014 | UK
Michelle Thew

Awakening from sedation and finding yourself restrained by the neck and your limbs locked into a sealed case sounds like something from a Kafkaesque prison dystopia, yet this terrifying device is one of many tools used by researchers underplaying the suffering of animals inside their laboratories.

Brazil Needs a FULL Ban on Cosmetics Animal Testing, Not a FALSE Ban

Troy Seidle | Posted 15.11.2014 | UK
Troy Seidle

Brazil's politicians have two choices: either they can introduce a ban of which Brazil can be proud, standing shoulder to shoulder with the EU and India to become the first country in South America to end cosmetics cruelty, or they can pass bill PLC 70/2014 unchanged and risk Brazil lagging behind on the global stage...

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...

How Government and Lobbyists Work to Change the Planning Process

Michelle Thew | Posted 07.10.2014 | UK Politics
Michelle Thew

It is understandable that a commercial company will seek to harness the power of Government departments to its efforts. But should BIS and the Foreign Office be seeking to assist their effort to decide the planning application, especially when a Government minister will decide the appeal?

Animal Experiments: Out of Control

Michelle Thew | Posted 09.09.2014 | UK
Michelle Thew

The figures tell a simple, stark story. In 2010, the Government in the Coalition Agreement promised to work to reduce animal experiments. Yet, experiments rose in 2011. They also rose in 2012. And now they have risen again in 2013, to 4,121,582. The promise has unambiguously failed to be delivered.

Does Anyone Still Think We Regulate Animal Testing Properly?

Michelle Thew | Posted 02.09.2014 | UK
Michelle Thew

We've argued previously about the ineffectiveness of animal research in producing reliable results for humans. But let's look at something else today: how the regulatory system is supposed to work. What would you expect from a well-monitored system? How about four reasonable expectations?