Last updated on: 12/9/2013 11:42:18 AM PST | Author: ProCon.org

In Defense of Animals (IDA) Biography

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

“It is possible, in the twenty-first century, to conduct a vast array of experiments without using animals and to derive better results more quickly and at less cost.

Cutting-edge technology has forged new frontiers with the use of lasers, fiber optics, microchips, genomics, computer-based drug design, and digital imaging, to name a few… These methods have contributed to a technological revolution in biomedical research and rendered the reliance on animals outdated.

Scientists have only just begun to tap the potential of these new technologies. Their full potential can never be realized while dependence on animal models persists. Reliance on animals continues, not because it is effective, but due to inertia, lack of training, vested financial interests and adherence to outdated traditions…

If we took a fraction of the resources currently devoted to animal experiments and put those towards developing and expanding non-animal methods, we could vastly reduce the use of animals immediately and pave way for the day that they are no longer used at all.”

“Responsible Research,” idausa.org (accessed Oct. 24, 2013)

Theoretical Expertise Ranking:
Organizations/VIPs/Others
Individuals and organizations that do not fit into the other star categories.
Description:

“Founded in 1983 by Dr. Elliot Katz DVM, In Defense of Animals is an international animal rights and rescue organization dedicated to protecting the rights, welfare and habitats of animals.

We are supported by a network of tens of thousands of determined activists, dedicated volunteers, interns and donors. We work to expose and end animal experimentation; protect wildlife and restore balance in their natural habitats; end the exploitation and abuse of wild species living in captivity, protect domestic and wild species worldwide from abuse and slaughter for food, conduct cruelty investigations and rescue operations, and provide veterinary care for sick, abused and orphaned animals in our natural habitat sanctuaries.”

“About IDA,” idausa.org (accessed Nov. 22, 2013)

Mission:

“In Defense of Animals is an international animal protection organization dedicated to ending the exploitation and abuse of animals by raising the status of animals beyond that of mere property, and by defending their rights, welfare and habitat.

…IDA’s efforts include educational events, cruelty investigations, boycotts, grassroots activism, and hands-on rescue through our sanctuaries in Granada, Mississippi and Cameroon, Africa.”

“Form 990: Return of Organization Exempt from Income Tax: 2012,” guidestar.org (accessed Nov. 22, 2013)

Other:
501(c)(3) nonprofit corporation
Contact Info:
Phone
415-448-0048
Email
[email protected]
Website
www.idausa.org
Quoted in:
Should Animals Be Used for Scientific or Commercial Testing? – Pro & Con Quotes