Last updated on: 3/28/2017 | Author: ProCon.org

Royal Society of Biology (RSB) Biography

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

“The Royal Society of Biology supports the use of animals in research when properly regulated and when no alternatives are available. We actively support progress towards a reduction in the use of animals by refining experiments and developing new ways to minimise the use of and replace animals wherever possible – often referred to as the 3Rs.

Research using animals has directly contributed to medical and veterinary benefits including development of vaccines, antibiotics, and pioneering medical procedures that save and improve the quality of many human and animal lives. It has played a vital role in the major medical advances of the past century. It will continue to be necessary for some time as we search for treatments for life-threatening conditions such as cancer, Alzheimer’s and Parkinson’s diseases, AIDS, trauma and many severe infectious and inherited diseases…

[T]here are groups and individuals that wish to stop animal research completely, claiming that it is unnecessary and brings no benefit. However, as set out above, this is not the case.”

“Animal Research: The Use of Animals in Research,” rsb.org.uk (accessed Mar. 7, 2017)

Description:

“The Royal Society of Biology is a single unified voice for biology: advising Government and influencing policy; advancing education and professional development; supporting our members, and engaging and encouraging public interest in the life sciences. The Society represents a diverse membership of individuals, learned societies and other organisations.

Individual members include practising scientists, students at all levels, professionals in academia, industry and education, and non-professionals with an interest in biology.”

“About Us,” rsb.org.uk (accessed Mar. 28, 2017)

Mission:

“Our mission is to be the unifying voice for biology, to facilitate the promotion of new discoveries in biological science for national and international benefit, and to engage the wider public with our work.

Values

Vocal: we act as the voice for biology

Inclusive: we support diversity and equality in the life sciences for all

Uniting: we bring together individuals and organisations to achieve our vision

Leading: we lead the field in our areas of work with a proactive and honest approach

Evolving: we respond and develop our resources to meet the evolving needs of the sector

Advancing: we advance biology interest, education, professional development and policy through our dedicated staff and volunteers

Inspiring: we aim to inspire our members and the public in the wonders of biology through our communication and engagement.”

“About Us,” rsb.org.uk (accessed Mar. 28, 2017)

Other:
Registered charity in the United Kingdom
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Pro & Con Quotes: Should Animals Be Used for Scientific or Commercial Testing?