Latest news

How cosmetic surgery can help us beat skin cancer

Professor Mike Philpott explains how his team of expert researchers are helping to replace the use of animals and test potential drugs in human skin, head and neck cancer.


Our new CEO

We are delighted to announce that Carla Owen has been appointed our new CEO. Carla joins us after 10 years at Cruelty Free International where she was their Director of Development, Marketing and Communications.


Get to know our brain tumour scientist, Professor Geoff Pilkington

Animal Free Research UK are funding Professor Geoff Pilkington at the University of Portsmouth to develop better ways of treating patients with brain tumours. We caught up with him to discover more about the scientist behind the all-human brain tumour research.


Sheree starts her scientific career with a conscience

Sheree Smith is determined to start her scientific career with a conscience. She is just one of the next generation of scientists that can begin and live their careers without using animals. This is her story.


We celebrate our scientists, students, supporters and staff this International Women’s day

On International Women’s Day, we hear from some incredible women helping us in different ways to free animals from laboratories for good. With their help we can replace the use of animals in research with human-relevant, non-animal methods of biomedical research.


All-party Parliamentary Dog Advisory Welfare Group meeting

Can continuing animal use in research, including the use of experiments on dogs, be justified ethically and scientifically? We found out at the All-Party Parliamentary Dog Advisory Welfare Group meeting.


Labour’s Animal Welfare Plan

Animal Free Research UK is pleased to see that animal welfare is slowly becoming more prominent in UK political debate, brought into the spotlight today with the release of the Labour Party’s 50-point plan on animal welfare. The inclusion of policy points regarding animals used in research is particularly encouraging.


The Future of Animal Welfare

Would a lab mouse be pro-EU or pro-Brexit? Will Brexit bring us any closer to being able to completely replace animals in medical research? We found out at the Westminster Briefing Conference on ‘The Future of Animal Welfare’.


Meet Liz our 2018 London Marathon runner

Supporter Liz Begg is our only London Marathon runner for 2018.  Read Liz’s story and find out why she is supporting animal free medical research with her ninth and final ever marathon.


Monkey clones born as animal research models

Animal Free Research UK is angered by the news that the first monkey clones have been born for use as animal research models.


Can you become a doctor without experimenting on animals?

Fergus is a vegan medical student at the University of Glasgow, who avoids the use of animal research. We spoke to him to find out more about his experience as an animal free medical student.


Rescued lab rats inspire wedding fundraising

Supporter Roisin McAuley explains how rescued lab rats inspired her to fundraise for Animal Free Research UK at her wedding.


MPs reject inclusion of animal sentience in UK law

We respond to the MP vote against bringing a clause from EU Protocol on animal sentience into domestic law when the UK leaves the EU in March 2019.


Summer Student Nefisa Marium shines a light on vitamin D

Former Summer Student, Nefisa Marium, has made a significant contribution to the publication of a scientific research paper, which shows that maintaining sufficient vitamin D levels may help to prevent the onset of inflammatory diseases, like rheumatoid arthritis.


Home Office Statistics Announcement 2017

The Home Office today announced the latest numbers on the scientific procedures performed on live animals in Great Britain in 2016. The total number of procedures performed went down from 2015 by 5% to 3.94 million procedures. This included 4,932 procedures on 3,530 dogs, 3,569 procedures on 2,440 primates. 3.87 million animals were used overall.


Jump 10,000 ft for animals!

Take on an awe-inspiring skydive, just like 70 year old supporter Andrew did. Raise funds to help get animals out of the lab, celebrate World Animal Day and show animals that you care!


Maw the Magnificent

Running the marathon to support animal free research and investment in ethical, rigorous and evidence based science.


Dr Hadwen Trust becomes Animal Free Research

On Monday 3 April 2017 we officially changed from the Dr Hadwen Trust to the working name of Animal Free Research UK.


Steph’s sponsored slim

As well as coordinating the fundraising group in Bude and raising A LOT of funds for us as a group, Steph Jones-Giles has personally raised £4,000 for our heart research!


The Animal Replacement Centre of Excellence (The ARC)

The highly respected Downton Abbey actor, Peter Egan, who is a Patron of the Dr Hadwen Trust, launched The Animal Replacement Centre of Excellence (The ARC) on October 24th 2016.


Funding to help the dead give life through new clinical training and device testing

We are delighted to announce we have awarded a grant amounting to £311K to support the University of Dundee’s pioneering work with Thiel embalmed human cadavers.