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Two Reasons to Engage in a Pan European Network of Private and Publicly Funded Animal-Research Organisations

Emma M. Sanchez, Press and Communications Officer, the European Animal Research Association (EARA).

23rd September 2015

Executive Summary

Lack of communications from research organisations encourages misconceptions about science and the role of animals in research that fuel animal rights groups’ campaigns such as the recent European Citizens’ Initiative ‘Stop Vivisection’.

  • Animal rights groups are globally coordinated and current tactics focus on halting the supply chain, forcing research to move to other locations, potentially affecting research output in Europe as well as animal welfare.
  • Opinion polls show a positive shift in public attitudes to animal research in those countries where advocacy organisations exist.
  • A pan-European network of animal research organisations, as the one coordinated by the European Animal Research Organisation (EARA), can orchestrate a unified voice to promote favorable conditions in Europe for important research using animals.

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The Challenging Road towards a Unified Animal Research Network in Europe

  • Published: May 27, 2015
  • DOI: 10.1371/journal.pbio.1002157

Animal models are key in biomedical research as a proof of concept to study complex processes in a physiological context. Despite the small yet crucial role animals play in fundamental and applied research, the value of animal research is recurrently undermined. Lack of openness and transparency encourages misconceptions, which can have a dramatic negative impact on science and medicine. Research centres should use all available resources to ensure that relevant details about their use of animals in research are readily accessible. More concerted efforts by professional advocacy groups devoted to informing about the benefits of biomedical animal research are also crucial. The European Animal Research Association acts as an umbrella organisation providing support to national advocacy groups and coordinating actions in countries in which no advocacy group exists.