AAVS has long advocated for humane science over the use of animals in research, testing, and education, and a recent poll found that the public is with us! Nearly 83% of Americans agreed with the statement, “When it comes to animal testing for drugs or chemicals, researchers should use valid non-animal alternatives when they are available.”*
The survey also found that 75% of those polled believe that protecting the welfare of animals in labs is somewhat important or very important, and that only 25% say laws protecting animals in labs are adequate.
Since it is World Week for Animals in Laboratories, it’s an especially good time to share this information and educate others about the harmful use of animals in science. Millions of animals suffer in laboratories every day and the public is rightly concerned about their welfare.
Thankfully, there are methods that advance science but don’t involve animal suffering. Support for continued development of alternative methods is key to ending the harmful use of animals in research, testing, and education. There’s hope in humane science!
*Survey conducted by Faunalytics using the GfK Knowledge Panel (April 2018).