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Researchers commit to greater openness on research involving animals in the UK

BMJ 2014; 348 doi: (Published 14 May 2014) Cite this as: BMJ 2014;348:g3305
  1. Ingrid Torjesen
  1. 1London, UK

A group of 72 organisations that carry out, fund, or support animal research have signed a concordat committing themselves to being more open and honest about how and why they use animals in their research.

Research has shown that people want to know more about goes on in animal research,1 and the organisations that have signed up to the concordat hope that the increased openness will dispel many of the public’s concerns. The signatories include research councils, umbrella bodies, societies, universities, and charities.

In the past several research facilities have seen protests, break-ins, liberation of animals, and even violence.

Signatories to the concordat have committed to be clear about when and how animals are used in their research, to enhance communication with the media and the public about research involving animals, …

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