Activate for Animals – April 2017

World Week for Animals in Laboratories

A lot of people don’t realize that animals are harmed in research, testing, and education. World Week for Animals in Labs is the perfect time to educate others about this unnecessary animal suffering. To make it easy, AAVS created these informative, creative posters for you to share on social media.

Hundreds of people who care about animals in labs have already taken this simple action. If you haven’t already, it’s not too late… You can, too! Or, you can share again 🙂

World Week for Animals in Labs runs through this weekend. Please help spread the word and raise awareness. When people learn about how animals are used in science, they will care about animals in labs, too!

Nearly 20,000 cats were used in research in 2015, and thousands more were needlessly dissected in classrooms across the country.

 

In 2015, over 60,000 dogs were used in research and testing. Beagles are the most commonly used dog breed because of their size and temperament.

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Pigs are used in many areas of research, like cardiology, dermatology, xenotransplantation, and as surgical training models. Nearly 50,000 pigs were used in labs in 2015.

 

Primates are target species for use in drug testing, neurological studies, and infectious disease research. In 2015, labs housed over 105,000 primates, 62,000 of whom were used in experiments.

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The FDA announced that it will lead efforts to evaluate the science behind alternatives called organs-on-chips, domino-sized models of human organs made of human cells. The aim is to determine if these chips can replace animals in testing. The chips were first developed for use in drug development, and FDA is now interested in using them to evaluate exposure to chemicals in food, cosmetics, and dietary supplements.

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Drugs for Mice, Not People

Reliance on animals to study biology is a practice dating back hundreds of years. The ‘culture’ holding onto this tradition persists, even in the face of mounting evidence that animals are not good models to study human conditions. In fact, the FDA says that over 90% of drugs that pass animal tests, fail in human clinical trials. One researcher interviewed commented, “Scientists need to break out of a culture that is hampering progress.”

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Dissection in Spring

Spring is a time of renewal and new things to come. But for many students, spring is a step back in time to an outdated science using animal dissections. Animalearn, however, puts the life back in the life sciences! Having expertise in humane science education, Animalearn is an authoritative resource and provides access to innovative tools for today’s classroom through its (free!) alternatives to dissection lending library called The Science Bank.

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