Animal Experiments

Each year inside British laboratories, around 4 million animals are experimented on. Every 8 seconds, one animal dies.

With grateful thanks to BUAV and PETA for use of the footage in this film.

Each year inside British laboratories, around 4 million animals are experimented on. Every 8 seconds, one animal dies. Cats, dogs, rats, mice, guinea pigs, rabbits, primates and other animals are used to test new products, to study human disease and in the development of new drugs. They are even used in warfare experiments. Animal Aid opposes animal experiments on both moral and scientific grounds. Animals are not laboratory tools. They are sentient creatures capable of experiencing pain, fear, loneliness, frustration and sadness.

To imprison animals and deny them their freedom to express natural instincts and to deliberately inflict physical pain in the name of science is unacceptable. All the more so because the experiments are bad science in the first place: they do not produce information that can be reliably applied to people. Ending vivisection will benefit people as well as animals.

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Which Charities Fund Animal Testing?

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While many health charities fund or conduct experiments on animals, there are many more who direct their resources toward non-animal research or to help sufferers in other ways.


See our list of medical charities and their animal research status

Victims of Charity Campaign

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Animal Aid’s Victims of Charity campaign exposes and challenges vivisection that is funded by medical research charities. We make it simple for you to register your opposition directly with the chief executive of the charity concerned. In addition, we identify those charities that are involved in humane medical research.

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The Case Against Animal Experiments



The scientific case against vivisection is now being voiced in leading scientific journals. In an era of evidence-based medicine and of powerful new analytical tools including high powered computers and robotics, the fatal weaknesses of the ‘animal model’ are becoming more widely known.

Read our briefing: 'The Case Against Animal Experiments'

The Suffering of GM Mice

Science Corrupted


A major and neglected aspect of the debate over vivisection are the millions of GM mice who suffer every year in crude, medically-useless experiments. For every GM mouse used in a ‘procedure’, hundreds more die or are killed as ‘surplus’ or ‘failures’. Not only does breeding and experimenting on GM mice cause nightmarish suffering, it is also failing to produce cures for people.

See our landmark report, 'Science Corrupted'

Humane Research

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Hundreds of thousands of animals are bred and killed every year so that their body parts can be used in test tube studies. At the same time, huge amounts of a genuinely useful research material – human tissue – is being incinerated. Since 1991, Animal Aid has fought this insanity.

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Key reports

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Animal Aid continues to produce revealing and thoroughly researched reports and Briefings on a wide range of animal research related topics. They include genetically modified mice, unethical practices of drug companies and the use of animals in warfare research.

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