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

Foundation for Biomedical Research (FBR) Biography

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

“From the discovery of antibiotics, analgesics, anti-depressants, and anesthetics, to the successful development of organ transplants, bypass surgery, heart catheterization, and joint replacement, practically every present-day protocol for the prevention, control, and cure of disease is based on knowledge attained through research with laboratory animals…

Animal research has also paid incalculable benefits to animals. It has resulted in many remarkable lifesaving and life-extending treatments for cats, dogs, farm animals, wildlife, and endangered species. Pacemakers, artificial joints, organ transplants, and freedom from arthritic pain are just a few of the breakthroughs made in veterinary medicine thanks to animal research. Dogs, cats, sheep, and cattle are also living longer and healthier lives thanks to vaccines for rabies, distemper, parvo virus, hepatitis, anthrax, tetanus, and feline leukemia. New treatments for glaucoma, heart disease, cancer, hip dysplasia, and traumatic injuries are saving, extending, and enhancing the lives of beloved pets while advanced reproductive techniques are helping to preserve and protect threatened and endangered species.”

“Benefits of Biomedical Research,” fbresearch.org, Oct. 24, 2013

Description:

“Established in 1981, the Foundation for Biomedical Research (FBR) is the nation’s oldest and largest organization dedicated to improving human and veterinary health by promoting public understanding and support for humane and responsible animal research. FBR is the leading voice of scientific reason and medical progress in the ongoing, sometimes violent debate that surrounds animal research.

Through its innovative educational programs, FBR works to inform the news media, teachers, students and parents, pet owners and other groups about the essential need for lab animals in medical and scientific research and discovery. It serves as an accessible, reliable resource for the news media and works to bring American journalists and scientists together to promote exceptional and ongoing news coverage that contributes to public appreciation and respect for responsible animal research.

FBR also monitors and analyzes the activities of animal activists. Its illegal incidents report is a record of criminal activities committed in the name of ‘animal rights.'”

“About FBR,” fbresearch.org (accessed Nov. 11, 2013)

Mission:

“Create and disseminate educational materials to the general public, the media, students, and the research community that describes the essential role humane and responsible animal research plays in continued medical progress.”

“Form 990: Return of Organization Exempt from Income Tax: 2011,” guidestar.org (accessed Nov. 11, 2013)

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