Every year, tens of millions of animals are dissected, infected, injected, gassed, burned and blinded in hidden laboratories on college campuses and research facilities throughout the U.S. These innocent primates, dogs, cats, rabbits, rodents and other animals are used against their will as research subjects in experiments and procedures that would be considered sadistically cruel were they not conducted in the name of science.
BFA is dedicated to ending experimentation on animals in research, testing, and education. Our members view animal testing as both an animal rights and human issue. Science should be about preserving and respecting life, including human and non-human animals. On top of that, over-reliance on animal experimentation has historically hindered scientific advancement and endangered human safety because results from animal research typically cannot be applied to humans. In fact, scientists could save more human lives by using humane non-animal research and testing methods that are more accurate and efficient.
BFA is also trying to bring students and faculty into the discussion of animal testing so that they can be informed of what is happening at their university, and what other viable alternatives can be implemented.
The Anti-Vivisection component of BFA seeks to advocate for:
- Greater transparency in the monitoring of animal care, animal research facilities and during experiment approval procedures
- Increased investment in animal testing alternatives such as “synthetic skin,” called Corrositex, computer modeling, improved statistical design, or The Murine Local Lymph Node Assay (LLNA)
- Education of students and researchers of more advanced alternatives
- Reduction in the number of animals tested, refinement of necessary tests to eliminate pain and distress, and ultimately the abolition of vivisection.
UCLA as a community should make an informed decision in supporting more cost-effective, reliable, and humane research alternatives that do not include the use of animals.