DECLARATION ON THE USE OF ANIMALS IN RESEARCH*
Biomedical science faces increasingly hostile and outspoken campaigning aimed at the abolition of animal experimentation. Statements of support for the responsible use of animals in research have been made to the AAAS, the AMA, the BAAS, and the 41st World Medical Assembly and many other medical and scientific organizations. Whereas this attack on biomedical science not only threatens the progress of medicine but also challenges the principles of scientific inquiry, we make the following declaration.
Experiments on animals have made an important contribution to advances in medicine and surgery which have brought major improvements in the health of human beings and animals.
While alternatives to the use of animals are actively sought and eagerly adopted as soon as they are provide to be reliable, continued research involving animals is essential for the conquest of many unsolved medical problems such as cancer, AIDS, other infectious diseases, and genetic, developmental, neurological and psychiatric conditions.
The use of animals continues to be essential in basic research that furthers the understanding of biological processes and which provides the essential foundation for improvements in medical and veterinary knowledge, education and practice.
It is unethical to expose human beings to products and processes which have not been adequately tested for safety. Such testing in some cases requires the use of animals.
The scientific and medical community has a duty to explain the aims and methods of its research and to disseminate information about the benefits derived from animal experimentation.
All legislation and regulations governing the use of animals in scientific procedures must be strictly adhered to. Those involved must respect animal life, using animals only when essential and as humanely as possible.
Freedom of opinion and discussion on this subject must be safeguarded, but violent attacks on property, hostile campaigns against individual scientists and associated personnel and the use of distorted, inaccurate or misleading evidence should be publicly condemned.
Senate Approval: Apr. 17, 1991 (R-91-4-7)
Admin. Approval: May 15, 1991
*Source: Sigma XI, The Scientific Research Society, Nov. 7, 1990.