Phasing out lab animals: how to get involved

Did you know that more than 100 million animals are being used for experimental purposes around the world each year? Not only are these experiments horrifically barbaric, but also not necessarily relevant to helping humans. In this article, we look at the issue in more detail and discuss how you can get involved.

Is testing on animals necessary?

 The UK law outlines that animal experiments must be conducted to the ‘highest possible standards’ to reduce unnecessary suffering. Moreover, the benefits of the experiment should outweigh the potential harm to the animal(s) under the microscope. It can only receive the go-ahead if there are no suitable alternatives available and the number of animals at risk is minimal.

 However, the justification for testing on animals is still up for debate, not only in terms of whether it is ethically sound, but also whether the results are that useful. For example, if the experiment is poorly carried out, or the findings are only relevant to a select group of people then the ‘need’ to use animals should be reconsidered.

What’s the alternative?

We’ve seen promising progression towards replacing animal experiments with humane alternatives, such as computer-driven experiments rooted in prediction and maths, isolated cells and issues and safer ways to experiment on human volunteers.

How can I get involved? 

Ultimately, it is up to the UK Government to act against unnecessary animal testing, but until then here are a few things you can do to help:

  • Email your local MP using this helpful template.
  • Choose cruelty-free products and shop with animal-friendly companies.
  • Sign this petition asking the government not to return to cosmetic animal testing.
  • Spread the word about the realities of animal testing via social media and with friends and family.



Here at Choice Vets, we are advocates for animal welfare and believe decisions regarding animal use should be given more attention and be treated with more gravitas.

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