As someone who has been dealing with mental health issues for most of my adult life, I am all too aware of the urgent need for medical progress in this field, but the hopelessly crude and outdated nature of some animal-based research into mental health disorders is not the way to go.
Home Office report on animal welfare failures in labs underlines urgent need to embrace animal free research
The Home Office unit responsible for regulating animal experiments has published a long-awaited report into animal welfare breaches in British laboratories. This describes deeply troubling incidents including a non-human primate dying after becoming trapped behind a restraint device, 16 rats dying of suffocation and numerous incidents of animals being left without food or water.
A new paper calls for medical research to be modernised and summarises the strong scientific, ethical and economic case for replacing misleading animal experiments with cutting-edge, human relevant techniques.