Eureka Alert

Rio de Janeiro — Animal research has failed to benefit human health, wasted limited public research funds, misled clinicians, and harmed countless animals unnecessarily, finds a new report by PETA scientists Emily Trunnell, Ph.D., and Frances Cheng, Ph.D. It will be presented in poster form at the second annual Pan-American Conference for Alternative Methods in Rio de Janeiro on August 24.

The poster, available here, also lists strategic priorities for phasing out animal experimentation and shifting resources toward human-relevant, non-animal methods.

“Billions of dollars are wasted on animal research, which is an archaic methodology that can’t provide useful answers to the questions that scientists are asking in the 21st century,” says study author and former animal experimenter Trunnell. “PETA’s robust blueprint for phasing out animal experimentation shows how to move science forward, save hundreds of millions of animals’ lives every year, and pave the way for the safer and quicker development of new therapies and pharmaceuticals.”

On their poster, Trunnell and Cheng note that approximately 47 percent of all research funding from the U.S. National Institutes of Health goes toward animal experimentation. Multiple review articles and meta-analyses have shown that the vast majority of animal studies aren’t reproducible and


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