Animal Research

Supporting Biomedical Research

Americans for Medical Progress believes animal research plays a crucial part in the development of medical, veterinary and scientific breakthroughs. We support the responsible, ethical, and judicious involvement of laboratory animals when necessary in studies to enhance our understanding of biological processes and to speed the development of new treatments. Biomedical research involving animals is beneficial to both humans and other animals.

We understand that the topic of animal research can be highly-charged and we respect the views of all individuals. Nevertheless, we cannot deny the fact that animal-based research has been a part of virtually every medical discovery for the past 100 years, and that even in this time of rapid technological advances, animal studies remain a necessary component of scientific advancement today and for the foreseeable future.

Americans for Medical Progress endorses the “3Rs”: refinement of tests so animal distress or pain is minimal, reduction of the number of animals used in a study, and the replacement, whenever possible, of animal experiments with non-animal experiments. We actively champion the development, validation, use and regulatory acceptance of alternatives to animal research.

Americans for Medical Progress believes laboratory animals are living creatures that deserve to be treated with respect, care and compassion. This belief is shared by scientists and veterinary professionals across America’s research institutions who are focused on the well-being and comfort of the animals in their charge. They work to ensure that each study involves skilled care of the animals by laboratory medicine professionals, provides appropriate housing, enrichment and social groupings for all subject animals, establishes humane endpoints, and where possible, promotes the adoption of post-study animals.

Americans for Medical Progress also notes the necessity of availability of safe, reliable transportation for laboratory animals. Without this, the welfare of animals needed for research studies could be severely compromised.

It is important to understand the tapestry of laws, regulations, and established practices in place that safeguard the welfare of research animals. Prior to beginning a study, scientists must demonstrate that they have considered alternative methods to animal research, that their research cannot be successfully done without animal models, and that their studies are designed to produce needed results and information.

Such studies must adhere to federal guidelines and be conducted in facilities that are in accordance with laws and standards for animal research and care including, where applicable, the Animal Welfare Act and The Guide for the Care and Use of Laboratory Animals, and receive regular inspections by the USDA. Most American research institutions are also reviewed by AAALAC International, a voluntary inspection and certification program that promotes standards which exceed government regulatory requirements.

Read more position statements explaining the need for animals in research.