More and more governments, schools, research institutions, and companies are making the humane decision to eliminate the use of animals for research or testing.
The following are some of the encouraging steps being taken by governments, agencies and academic institutions to replace the forced subjection of live, sentient animals to various forms of cruel suffering, and instead are choosing the more effective, high-tech and cost-saving alternatives.
- The European Union has banned animal testing for finished cosmetic products since ２ ０ ０4 and for cosmetic ingredients since ２ ０ ０９. Also since ２ ０ ０９, no animal testing for cosmetics has been permitted in the European Union, whether or not an alternative method is available.
- In response to concerns raised by the British Union for the Abolition of Vivisection (BUAV),the European Chemicals Agency (ECHA) has issued a statement that helped companies to avoid duplicative testing on animals, an action that has saved an estimated 4.5 million animals’ lives.
- The European Medicines Agency (EMA), which regulates the European Union’s pharmaceutical products, has removed its guidelines which supported single dose acute toxicity tests for new human medicines, thus sparing an estimated 5 ０, ０ ０ ０ animals' lives per year.
- The University of Ulm in Germany has stopped the use of live pigs for surgical training.
- The Russian Ministry of Agriculture has issued a recommendation to use alternatives to animal testing whenever available.
- More than ９ ０% of the １5９ US medical schools have eliminated the use of live animals for doctors in training, switching instead to humane alternatives and high-tech simulations.
- Campbell County school district in Tennessee, USA has stopped experiments on live animals in all its schools.
- The US Army has pledged to stop poisoning live vervet monkeys in chemical weapons training exercises.
- All Canadian hospitals and １7 medical schools have ended the use of live animals for trauma training.
- India’s University Grants Commission, a government agency that maintains educational standards across the nation, has announced the phasing out of all animal dissection for experimental purposes at undergraduate and post-graduate levels, thus saving the lives of at least １９ million insects and animals every academic year.