A coalition of over 70 UK drug companies, universities and medical charities will release more detailed information about their research on animals, marking a step forward for the animals in their labs. The organizations signed an agreement to post information about animal experiments on their websites -- and, even better, to detail how they are minimizing the use animals in their research.
Among those companies and foundations that participated are Wellcome Trust, the Medical Research Council and Cancer Research UK, GlaxoSmithKline, AstraZeneca, Pfizer and Lilly. The move is a landmark one, considering the fact that 4.11 million tests are carried out on lab animals in the UK each year. The move is a good model for other countries like the U.S., which have no such agreements, yet test on millions of animals each year.
The agreement comes in response to polls that suggested that the public wanted more information about the animal tests conducted with the products they buy.
"The concordat is intended to give the public more information and ensure that the information they get is accurate and honest, so they can make their own minds up, and make informed decisions about how they feel," Wendy Jarrett, chief executive of Understanding Animal Research, told the Guardian.