World Congress attendees encouraged to support phase-out of animal use

“A sustainable and equitable future protecting humans, other animals and the environment depends on a new standard based on non-animal science”.

Lush Prize has joined global NGOs in calling on attendees at the World Congress this week to promote institution-level strategies for the phase-out of the use of animals.

The World Congress on Alternatives and Animal Use in the Life Sciences is one of the leading global conferences discussing the replacement of animal use in science. Held every three years, more than 1000 people from around the world are taking part in the virtual conference sessions this week.

The statement notes that:

● advances in science and technology are increasing the opportunities for the replacement of animals used in education, research and testing;

● ethical considerations require the replacement of animals in education, research and testing;

● where replacement has already been achieved, the benefits to science and education, as well as humans and other animals is clear;

● despite the efforts of scientists and regulators over the last 30 years, since the first World Congress in 1993, the number of animals used in research and testing has not decreased significantly.

Signatories include: Cruelty Free International, Physicians Committee for Responsible Medicine, Humane Research Australia, Japan Anti-Vivisection Association, Eurogroup for Animals, One Voice and Menschen für Tierrechte.

Read our statement and see the full list of signatories here.

26 August 2021