Lord Dowding Fund for humane research


National Antivisection Society

1. Scientific Steering Committee ‘Statement’ section

12 July 2007

In its first statement, the SSC considers that the use of NHP will need to be decided on a case-by-case basis, taking into account:

However, it considers that for certain experiments there may be no alternatives to the use of non-human primates, for example, drugs and vaccines for diseases such as: AIDS, TSE 1, malaria, influenza.

ADI Response – alternatives:

Although the SSC supports the adoption of alternative methods, experience has shown that non-animal alternatives will not be widely introduced without parliamentary action. For example:

Increasingly refined methods and human-specific biochemicals are used within drug research, development and testing, which requires the use of sophisticated humanbased testing systems, for example:

The university of California Centre for Animal Alternatives has created a search grid of databases of alternatives to animals, which enables researchers to access information quickly and easily. One of the links in the “toxicity” section leads to a website access to “approximately 360 abstracts about alternatives to irritation and corrosion testing in animals that are currently on-site”98.

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