Why Animals Are Needed in Research
Ethical Animal Research For People, For Animals, and For the Common GoodProviding Humane Paths Toward A Better Shared Future
The Importance of Animal Research
Cancer. Blindness. Injury. Addiction. These can impact people you love and animals you cherish. Through targeted, ethical, and regulated animal research, we can work together to find preventions and cures. Together, we can make a better world for everyone.
- Treat disease and disorders
- Ease pain and suffering
- Extend lifetimes
- Create safe medicines, medical devices, surgical procedures and therapies
Kaiser Health News – Sept. 16, ’21
Maryland Zoo in Baltimore is one of 70 U.S. facilities vaccinating wild animals against the coronavirus
The Washington Post – Sept. 15, ’21
Bloomberg News – Sept. 14, ’21
Nature – Sept. 14, ’21
Scientific Reports – Sept. 10, ’21
USA Today – Sept. 10, ’21
Washington Post – Sept. 7, ’21
National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases – Aug. 18, ’21
What is Animal Research? (Hint: It’s Not Testing)
Animal research is the study of animals for scientific and medical discovery. These animals are bred specifically to give us insight into how animals (like humans) work. This study gives us insights into how diseases work. Once scientists understand how a disease works, they can begin to develop and test treatments with the help of animals.
Rats, mice, and other rodents
Fruit flies, zebrafish, and others
Monkeys, dogs, cats
Humans Fighting Disease
Smart Research For Smarter Science
Approximately 95% of laboratory animals are rats and mice. Less than 1% are non-human primates. But that tiny number and its impact on our health is immense. Learn more by reading our Lifesaving Benefits of Primate Research flipbook.
Photo Credit: Kathy West
Better Regulations Equal Better Health and Better Lives
Every animal is important.
At the Foundation for Biomedical Research, we believe that strict regulations make for better science. We believe that protecting the welfare of every animal makes for better research. We believe that doing things the right way makes better lives for everyone.
We’re fighting every day to ensure that the highest standards of ethics are met in every lab across the country. We know that doing so means getting closer to finding the cures, treatments, and therapies that make for better lives for everyone- two legs, four legs, fins, or wings.