Animals in Research, Testing and Teaching
SPCA advocates for continuous improvement in the refinement, reduction, and replacement of animals used in testing.
SPCA supports technological advances that have replaced the use of animals in testing such as chips or artificial skin, reduced the number of animals used such as mathematical modelling or methods using human cells and tissues, and refinement such as improved delivery methods and humane endpoints that do not require animals to experience severe welfare harms whilst maintaining the scientific integrity of the experiments.
Our organisation opposes testing which permits animals to experience severe negative states of welfare harm.
(See The 3Rs: Replacement, Reduction, Refinement for more information)