New research carried out by Exeter University and charity Animal Free Research UK has found important insights into the changes that can occur in insulin-producing cells – known as beta cells – in people with diabetes which could help protect them and find new ways to treat the condition.
October 25th marked a significant event for animals in laboratories, as two high-profile petitions about animal experiments were debated in Parliament. One of these resulted from the #TargetZero campaign, which is a collaboration between Animal Free Research UK, Cruelty Free International and OneKind.
Medical research urgently needs to be modernised. Several thousand diseases affect humans but only around 500 have treatments available. As to why we have made only such modest wins in our long fight against human illness lies in the three million animals used in British laboratories each year.
New economic report for Animal Free Research UK shows bold investment in new approach methodologies – aka NAMs – could see better treatments for patients, benefit economy and make Britain a science superpower.
In the cosmetics industry, the most common animals used for testing are guinea pigs, rabbits, rats, and mice. According to the Humane Society International, globally, around 500,000 animals die in cosmetic testing every year.
All those who attended our recent Summer School’s graduation event should feel optimistic and excited about the future – especially for animal free research.