Here in Britain, scientists’ use of lab animals is very tightly constrained (my tag ‘lab animal’.) But we want to ‘Replace, Reduce and Refine the Use of Animals in Research’. The Three Rs.
Our Department for Business, Innovation & Skills (BIS) wants to maintain our good performance in business while improving how we work the Three Rs. Last week BIS published its strategy about animal research.
Here are the Society of Biology‘s comments on the BIS strategy. That Society reminds us of the Declaration of Openness signed by the leaders of many Universities and Institutes who ‘commit to work together to establish a Concordat that will develop principles of openness, practical steps and measurable objectives which will underpin a more transparent approach to animal research.’ I don’t think that Concordat has been published yet. When I see it, I’ll show you.
My favourite sources of information about lab animals are Understanding Animal Research (UAR) and Animal Research Information (ARI). In the spirit of openness I’ll tell you now that I’m writing for ARI. When in due course my words appear there, they’ll bear my real name which is Dr Sam Mason.