We are pleased to see that public support for the use of animals in medical research remains high, with two-thirds finding it acceptable. We do however see the 10% drop in support as a wake-up call – it highlights a need for us to provide the public with better information.
We must utilise this opportunity to be more forthright about the fact that without animal research, the bio-pharmaceutical sector cannot continue to innovate new treatments.
We welcome the support of everyone who has signed the Declaration on openness on animal research so far – well known charities, funders, and academia, along with some of the biggest pharmaceutical companies in the world. The signing of this Declaration marks the beginning of a much larger process, with all areas of the life sciences community coming together to reaffirm the importance of our work and recommit to openness in animal research.
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