Improving Transparency in British Animal Testing
One of the issues in animal testing is that some members of the public and scientific community are fearful that animals are being mistreated under closed doors. For this fear to be wiped out and to encourage public support of ethical animal testing, transparency needs to be improved in British animal testing. In this way, Britain can also set the stage for better standards of animal care around the world. Still, the task is easier said than done. The best way to accomplish the goal of improved transparency in animal testing is a controversial topic that encompasses many opinions from both supporters of animal testing and those who are adamantly against it.
Publishing Details of Animal TestingWithin reason, the publication of the details and data from animal testing that is conducted in the United Kingdom (UK) would be a positive step to improving transparency in British animal testing. While there is the Animal Procedures Committee to help improve accountability in animal testing, it is still not considered by some people to be nearly enough to maintain ethical animal testing. If publication of the information is to be successful, there must also be a great deal of care given to the confidentiality aspect of animal testing experiments. The confidentiality relates primarily to the drug or substance being tested. Ideally, the Animal Procedures Committee will provide support and involvement as well.
Pharmaceutical companies and other areas of the research sector invest an enormous amount of time and money into developing life-saving treatments and producing valuable new information. If too many details are published, another company or organisation could essentially profit from the work of the original company. The details would need to specifically show the standards of care that the animals receive but without sharing the details of the product being tested.
A government meeting suggested that the details could be provided in a succinct, non-technical sort of way, which would appease the need for improved transparency in British animal testing without compromising the efforts of the company who performs the animal testing. To safeguard the company further, the information would not include the names of those conducting the research or the facilities where experiments would be performed. However, the researchers would be required to justify the need for the research and the experimental format.