For many decades, animals have been subjected to toxicity testing in order to determine whether certain compounds were safe for use in the environment or in humans. In many cases, this testing has led to severe and even deadly side effects for the animals in question. To prevent these negative outcomes, researchers have been searching for alternatives to animal testing. Recently, toxicologists have successfully developed a software program that may be more effective than animal testing, thus reducing the need Blog, Uncategorized
The growing opposition to animal testing is driving research in in-vitro testing, especially for cosmetic and pharmaceutical products. The in vitro sector has recently experienced a number of technological advancements that have increased the usefulness and reduced the cost of these methods, while offering an alternative to animal testing. Some business sectors have completely replaced animal testing with in-vitro testing, particularly cosmetics intended for use in the European Union (EU). Other sectors use in-vitro testing to refine procedures, thus reducing Blog
Animal testing was the mainstay when it came to creating products that were safe for humans, primarily because there simply were no alternatives. Fortunately, researchers have developed many new non-animal tests that benefit both humans and animals.
About Alternatives to Animal Testing
Alternatives to animal testing are those methods that “replace, reduce or refine” the use of animals in research and testing. People sometimes refer to this as the “Three Rs” of testing. This concept of using non-animal tests Blog
Over the past 20 years, animal rights activists have accelerated the steady drumbeat of non-animal testing into measurable gains in culture and legislation. Although federal action on the topic in the United States is relatively stagnant, many states are now looking to completely ban animal testing for cosmetics.
The New York Cruelty Free Cosmetics Act, introduced in 2016 and 2017, has inspired similar legislation in Hawaii. State senator Mike Gabbard (D-HI) introduced the Hawaii Cruelty Free Cosmetics Act in 2017 Blog
Animal Testing as We Know It
Medical research relies heavily on animal testing to bring a medication to market. Before a drug can be approved for human use, it must go through the rigors of animal use to prove both its safety and efficacy. What’s more, many medications are administered in ways contrary to its intended use in order to develop safety warnings and side effect notices. While there are many instances where medical research simply cannot advance without the Blog