Building a Culture of Animal Welfare: Past, Present and Future.

Leticia V Medina


Animal research has contributed significantly to advances in science and medicine and will
continue to play a key role in biomedical research. However, there is growing public support for animal welfare and animal rights. Public concerns about animals are partly responsible for increases in regulatory oversight and the drive to find alternatives to animal research. A careful look at the past, present and future of animal welfare within the biomedical sciences will show that there has been tremendous progress in developing a widespread culture of animal welfare but that more progress is required. In the end, each institution and individual involved with animals in science must do their part to build a culture of animal
welfare which not only upholds high standards but promotes the alternatives of refinement, reduction and replacement (3Rs) whenever feasible.

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