#MAJOR update of Animal Use Statistics!

Speaking of Research

August 16th 2021

Position Statement
The collection of statistical data on animal use are undoubtedly useful for some purposes but they also have major limitations with respect to informing meaningful and serious consideration of the ethical use of animals in research. As we’ve writtenbefore, simply reporting the numbers ignores the global context and relevant information about fluctuations in animals used in research over time. As a result, the reporting can often fall short of the overall goal. Thus, we advocate for an open, serious, and global consideration of the methods, use, and reporting on the number of animals in research and testing worldwide. For instance, we urge the research, advocacy, regulatory, policy and media communities to consider: What is the public benefit and goal of this particular type of reporting? Does the method of collecting data and reporting on animal numbers provide a full picture of why…

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