Animals in Research

Essential Steps Researchers Should Take

The Society for Neuroscience (SfN) supports the use of animals in carefully regulated and humane scientific research.

Animal research is suitable only in carefully planned studies, which have been approved by an independent committee concerned with animal welfare, when suitable alternatives are unavailable, and only when appropriate precautions are taken to minimize distress. Research animals should not be subjected to avoidable distress or discomfort and only the smallest number of animals to produce significant results should be used.

Scientists that work with animals can follow several steps to prepare for an attack by activists. However, all researchers can benefit from following the practices below.