72 British medical organizations, laboratories and drug companies have pledged to reveal more information on their animal testing. They will reveal how, when and why they are using animals in their testing.
Among the companies who have pledged to do this are Pfizer, Glaxo Smith Kline and Wellcome. They have all signed an agreement to reveal more about animal testing. The goal of this pledge is to minimize the use of animals in their tests through the three R’s: Replacement, Refinement and Reduction.
The numbers of animals who are tested on are staggering; in the UK about 4,000,000 experiments are done on animals every year. This subject is often talked about all around the world.
Wellcome’s Director Jeremy Farrar has said: “Like all research, animal experiments should proceed with the consent of society, and that requires openness about how and why they take place.”
This first step of transparency is not enough, according to animal protection organisations like PETA and the British Union for the Abolition of Vivisection.
Do you agree with animal testing or should it be stopped altogether?