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Why Animals Are Needed in Research


Ethical Animal Research For People, For Animals, and For the Common Good

Providing 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

See how animals help us save lives 

Unlocking Medical Miracles

Animal research is one of the keys

to unlocking medical mysteries.

FBR is 40!

FBR Turns 40!

We put together a special booklet (look through it here!) to celebrate 40 years of promoting public understanding and support for responsible animal research. Please peruse and enjoy flipping through milestones and research advancements over the last four decades. It’s amazing to see not only how far FBR has come but also how much progress the entire medical community has made over the last 40 years.

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.

Learn more about animal research


Rats, mice, and other rodents


Fruit flies, zebrafish, and others


Monkeys, dogs, cats


Humans Fighting Disease

Many first-time pet owners quickly learn how many diseases and conditions—surprise!—affect our four legged friends just as they do people. But researchers have developed ways to help pets—often using the same treatments originally designed for their human counterparts. Learn more about our Love Animals? Support Animal Research campaign. 

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.

Join the ethical animal research movement

Meet Our LASAR Photo Contest Winners!

10 lucky LASAR fans received a cash prize. Click here to see the winning photos. Thank you to all the contestants and to supporters who voted.
Watch the winners video announcement

Work With Us for a Better Shared Future

No one should be without the treatment they need to live a happy, healthy life. Let’s work together to stop diseases and injuries.