Share this article Share And somewhere else in the world, perhaps in a laboratory carrying out tests for an expensive new mascara, a helpless animal was being subjected to precisely the same treatment.
And millions more animals are kept confined in laboratories and cages, awaiting their turn for experimentation. Biomedical research using animals is a largely secretive process and the public knows little about what goes on in research labs.
This exclusive Faunalytics Fundamental examines the use of animals in research, estimating the scope and nature of the problem based on the best available data. We hope you find the information useful in your advocacy for research animals. Please see all the sources here.
Dogs like beagles are docile, friendly, and cooperative — traits that make them easier to manage as test subjects. Mice and rats are empathetic and studies have shown that they will risk themselves to rescue cage-mates in captivity.
There is no doubt that the animals we use for research and dissection are capable of thinking, feeling, and suffering just like we are.
Check out the interactive graphics below to explore facts about some of the animals most commonly used in research. Click or tap the icons below to explore facts about each species. For instance, a clear majority of people are against the use of animals for testing cosmetics and personal care products.
However, if the research is claimed to save or improve human lives, then opinions shift, even if those claims are hypothetical or baseless. Attitudes regarding the use of animals for student dissection are less clear given there are fewer surveys of those audiences.
What about trends over time? The Gallup figures shown in the graphic above have shown a consistent decline in the perceived moral acceptability of testing on animals. Through our Animal Tracker survey, Faunalytics has monitored attitudes about animals used for research since In summary, belief in the importance of research animal welfare has stayed strong, most people continue to question the adequacy of laws protecting laboratory animals, and belief in the necessity of animal research and dissection appears to be dropping in recent years.
Some research animals may come from relatively regulated companies such as Charles River or Interfauna, based in countries like the United States, England, or Spain. Other animals, such as monkeys, more often come from international suppliers that operate in Southeast Asia, parts of Africa, and China.
Below, we connect some of the dots of the global breeding and transport of research animals, with Southeast Asia as an example. Estimates for the total number of animals used in research worldwide hover around million to million, while estimates for the U. The chart below provides the best estimates for the numbers of mice, rats, and birds used in the United States inas well as the other species whose use is covered by the Animal Welfare Act.
Immediately, we can see that the Animal Welfare Act is inadequate and ignores the big picture. Not only does the act not cover these animals, it also does not mandate that researchers maintain any statistics for these species.
Therefore, we can only make educated estimates on the numbers of animals being used. Secondly, we see that researchers, who already keep hidden from public view, have very few official controls or oversight for most of the work they do. For animal advocates, it is important to spotlight these facilities and the often egregious suffering that they house.
You can look up the animal research facilities in your state using this tool put together by HSUS. The prevalence of such operations throughout the country may be shocking to see.
Unlike the farms and feedlots that we often see while driving through the countryside, animal research and breeding facilities are much more hidden from view. Likewise, the laws that govern and regulate experimentation in the U.
Thankfully, scientific advancements and public opinion are starting to help turn the tide. Students are actively demanding alternatives to the use of animals in grade school classrooms. Unfortunately, such policies are not ubiquitous yet; in the U. Even when such policies exist, teachers and students may not be aware of them.
Thanks to the work of anti-vivisection groups, this is changing. Up to 1, drugs have shown effectiveness for neuroprotection in animals, but none for humans.
While the biomedical research industry is quick to claim victories, the reality is less glamourous: Fortunately, using animals in scientific research is not a foregone conclusion. On the contrary, there is a burgeoning field of alternatives to animal research, and many such alternatives are already in use today.
The above graphic shows a small selection of some of the most exciting and promising alternatives to animal research that exist today. There are many others that are available, and even more are on the way.
This Faunalytics Fundamental has provided a visual overview of the use of animals in research. The result is a complex picture: The scientific establishment has a lot of inertia in favor of continuing the use of animals in research, but is slowly shifting towards alternatives.Stopping the Horrors of Animal Testing Through Product Boycott and a Proposal to Use Alternatives to Animal Testing.
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