Activate for Animals | April 2018



Activate for Animals

Alternatives and Humane Science

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).



In the News

USDA Delays Posting Info as Directed by Congress

Included in the 2018 spending bill that was signed into law in March, Congress directed USDA, for the second time, to restore public access to its online database, which houses thousands of animal welfare inspection reports for regulated facilities, such as labs, breeders, dealers, exhibitors, etc. However, USDA has yet to comply and much of this information remains redacted. READ MORE »

Say No to Pet Cloning

This commentary, appearing on the April 8 Sunday Morning news program, presents a wiser perspective on pet cloning than what has been found in many other accounts about Barbara Streisand and her cloned dogs. Anyone with a dog or cat family member is sure to relate to the many reasons why you’d never want to clone your pet. WATCH THE VIDEO »

Skewed Animal Data Affects Clinical Trials

Before a drug is granted approval to be tested in a human clinical trial, the results of animal studies are first considered. A group of researchers in Germany found that animal testing ‘failures’ are vastly under-reported, leading to an incomplete official review and a skewed representation of a drug’s effectiveness. READ MORE »