Last updated on: 12/9/2013 | Author: ProCon.org

American Anti-Vivisection Society (AAVS) Biography

Position:
Con to the question "Should Animals Be Used for Scientific or Commercial Testing?"
Reasoning:

“Scientists use animals in biological and medical research more as a matter of tradition, not because animal research has proved particularly successful or better than other modes of experimentation. In fact, animal ‘models’ have never been validated, and the claim that animals are necessary for biomedical research is unsupported by the scientific literature. Instead, there is growing awareness of the limitations of animal research and its inability to make reliable predictions about human health.

The biomedical research community and its affiliated trade associations routinely attempt to convince the general public, media, and government representatives that the current controversy over the use of animals is a life-and-death contest pitting defenders of human health and scientific advancement against hordes of anti-science, anti-human, emotional, irrational activists. Such a deliberate, simplistic dichotomy is not only false, but ignores the very real and well-documented ethical and scientific problems associated with the use of animal experiments that characterize modern biomedical research, testing, and its associated industries.

The biomedical community would instead be better served by promoting increased funding and research efforts for the development of non-animal models that overcome the pressing ethical and scientific limitations of an increasingly archaic system of animal experimentation.”

“Problems with Animal Research,” aavs.org (accessed Oct. 23, 2013)

Description:

“Founded in 1883, the American Anti-Vivisection Society (AAVS) is the first non-profit animal advocacy and educational organization in the United States dedicated to ending experimentation on animals in research, testing, and education. AAVS also opposes and works to end other forms of cruelty to animals. We work with students, grassroots groups, individuals, teachers, the media, other national organizations, government officials, members of the scientific community, and advocates in other countries to legally and effectively end the use of animals in science through education, advocacy, and the development of alternative methods to animal use.”

“Who We Are,” aavs.org (accessed Nov. 20, 2013)

Mission:

“The mission of AAVS is to unequivocally oppose and work to end experimentation on animals and oppose all forms of cruelty to animals.”

“Who We Are,” aavs.org (accessed Nov. 20, 2013)

Other:
501(c)(3) nonprofit corporation
Quoted in:
Pro & Con Quotes: Should Animals Be Used for Scientific or Commercial Testing?