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

Americans for Medical Progress (AMP) Biography

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

“Animal research plays a crucial role in scientists’ understanding of diseases and in the development of effective medical treatments.

Research animals provide scientists with complex living systems consisting of cells, tissues and organs. Animal models can interact and react to stimuli, giving researchers a picture of a compound moving through a living system and an idea of how that stimuli might react in a human being. Animals are biologically similar to humans in many ways and they are vulnerable to over 200 of the same health problems. This makes them an effective model for researchers to study.”

“Animal Research,” amprogress.org (accessed Oct. 24, 2013)

Theoretical Expertise Ranking:
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Description:

“Americans for Medical Progress (AMP) protects society’s investment in research by nurturing public understanding of and support for the humane, necessary and valuable use of animals in medicine.

Threats by animal rights extremists hurt medical progress. AMP provides accurate and incisive information to foster a balanced public debate on the animal research issue, ensuring that among the voices heard are those whose lives have been touched by research and those who work in the field. Through various specialty publications, outreach initiatives and the media, AMP informs the public of the facts of animal-based research. AMP also distributes timely and relevant news, information and analysis about animal rights extremism to the research community through its news service.

AMP is a 501(c) 3 nonprofit charity supported by the nation’s top universities, private research facilities, research-related businesses, scientific and professional societies, as well as by foundation grants and contributions by individuals.

AMP’s Board of Directors is composed of physicians, researchers, veterinarians, and university officials.”

“About,” amprogress.org (accessed Nov. 12, 2013)

Mission:

“AMP’s mission is to protect society’s investment in biomedical research through advocacy programs to build public appreciation for necessary and humane animal research.”

“Form 990: Return of Organization Exempt from Income Tax: 2012,” guidestar.org (accessed Nov. 12, 2013)

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