Humane Research Australia helps to provide transparency of animal experimentation
Many animals are used in research and experimented on in laboratories. It is a common misconception that ‘only’ rats and mice and used in these tests. Unfortunately, this is just not true. Farm animals are often used in agricultural research and genetically modified in order to increase yields. Dogs (often greyhounds) are used in terminal surgery labs for training of veterinary students. Beagles are generally the most popular breed for lab use because of their friendly and trusting, temperaments. Cats are used in Australia in vision experiments. Even primates are being used in a variety of biomedical experiments, being subjected to a wide range of procedures including brain/vision research, HIV/AIDS research and heart research.
Obtaining information about what actually happens to animals in research can be a difficult and frustrating process.
“These experiments are often funded by Australian taxpayers – so don’t we have a right to know what our precious resources are being spent (or wasted) on?” – Humane Research Australia
Humane Research Australia’s campaign
“Australia does not have a good reputation when it comes to animal usage. We are the fourth highest user, behind only China, Japan and the United States, with no commitment to reduce the numbers used. And unlike more progressive nations we do not have any government-funded institutions dedicated to the development and validation of alternative research methods.” – Humane Research Australia
The campaign works towards providing transparency of experimentation. This is important because it is difficult to have an open discussion about the costs and benefits of animal use when all information is shrouded in secrecy and the public is denied access to what occurs within Australian laboratories.
“Truth never damages a cause that is just.” ― Mahatma Gandhi
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You can help
Add your voice to the cause and call for greater transparency and accountability of all research by institutes using animals.