What's the problem?
- Millions of animals are used every year in scientific research in the UK alone
- Many human diseases do not exist in animals, and if it does, the way an animal deals with disease can be very different to the human body
Despite the limitations of animal experimentation, the use of animals is embedded in medical research methodology. It is commonly argued that animal research has played a vital part in nearly every historical medical breakthrough, and that animal research continues to be essential in order to advance medical research. Although there is no legal requirement for animals to be used for fundamental biomedical research, there is a requirement for animals to be used in the development and safety testing of medicinal drugs and vaccines. In Europe, the USA, Japan and elsewhere it is currently required that companies must conduct a range of animal tests. This means that every drug you have ever taken has been tested on animals.
The latest Home Office statistics show that in 2015 over 4 million procedures took place on animals for research purposes in the UK alone. In conjunction with the ethical considerations surrounding animal experimentation, there is growing evidence that when animals are used for medical research purposes (including medicinal drug development) the results gained are not directly translatable to humans.
A 2012 Mori poll demonstrated that 85% of the British public believe that animal experimentation is acceptable, if there is a benefit to humans. The fact is these benefits are often unproven. This lack of human-relevancy, alongside the ethical arguments against animal experimentation, underpins the Dr Hadwen Trust’s charitable objectives. This lack of human relevancy means that much animal research is wasted research.
- We have a solution
- With your help we are funding research that proves animals do not need to be harmed in the name of medical research