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- Air Transport of Animals Advances Human and Animal Welfare
Air transportation is essential so scientists can work with animal models and it is the most humane transportation option for the animals themselves.
- Guiding Principles for the Care and Use of Vertebrate Animals in Research and Training
Animal experiments are to be undertaken only with the purpose of advancing knowledge. Consideration should be given to the appropriateness of experimental procedures, species of animals used, and number of animals required.
- APS Condemns Extremism and Harassment
The American Physiological Society unequivocally condemns the targeting of individuals engaged in legitimate scientific inquiry.
- Animal Research is Essential to the Search for Cures
Humane research involving animals provides unique insights into biological structure and function. These insights offer major benefits to both human and animal health.
- On the Use of Animals in Teaching
The study of living systems is an essential component of physiology instruction. Teaching laboratories that actively engage students in observation of and interaction with living systems enhance student understanding of physiology.
Medical and scientific experts agree that animal studies make essential contributions to medical progress.
Disease causes suffering for humans and other animals. Performing animal studies when it is necessary to do so is a compassionate response to that suffering. Furthermore, it would be unethical to give human patients—or our pets—drugs or other treatments that have not been tested for safety and effectiveness.
The American Physiological Society supports the necessary and humane use of animals in biomedical research. This research should be conducted humanely according to the highest legal and ethical standards.
When scientists confront a research problem, they begin by answering as many questions as they can by analyzing genes; studying cells, tissues and organs; or building computer models based upon what we already know. These approaches point to likely solutions. At the same time, because the body is complex, these systems cannot predict how disease or potential treatment will affect various parts of the body. To understand these effects, scientists must study comparable processes in animals.