The costs and benefits of animal experiments


Some scientists claim animal experiments are essential for advancing human healthcare. Yet thousands of patients have been harmed by pharmaceuticals developed using animal tests. Some claim all experiments are conducted humanely, to high scientific standards. Yet, a wealth of studies have revealed that laboratory animals suffer significant stress, which may distort experimental results. Where, then, does the truth lie? How useful are such experiments in advancing human healthcare? How much do animals suffer as a result? And do students really need to dissect or experiment on animals? In this presentation, the author summarises more than a decade of research provided in his recent book, The Costs and Benefits of Animal Experiments, including a comprehensive review of the alternatives to invasive animal use with biomedical research, toxicity testing, and education. See also: www.AnimalExperiments.info.



Animal Experiments and Alternatives from Andrew Knight