Endorsements

Our Endorsements

The Big Animal Research Debate is now collecting endorsements for its 2017 event. Regardless of where you stand on this topic we are asking high profile individuals and organisations to provide support for holding a set of debates on this issue. We believe that it benefits everyone to see the information and arguments about this controversial issue to be laid out in front of them in order that they can come to an informed decision. To send us your endorsement please email contact@animalresearchdebate.org

The Big Animal Research Debate is proud to be endorsed by organisations and individuals involved in policy making, science education, cutting edge medical and biological research, and the search for alternatives to the use of animals in scientific research. Click the links below to find out more about each endorsement.

Endorsements for the 2017 Big Animal Research Debate

National Centre for Replacement, Refinement and Reduction of Animals in Research (NC3Rs)

“It is important that people understand the harms and benefits associated with animal research. We fully support the Big Animal Research Debate as a positive move towards greater transparency and openness on this complex issue.”

- Vicky Robinson, Chief Executive of the National Centre for Replacement, Refinement and Reduction of Animals in Research (NC3Rs)

Royal Society of Biology

“The Royal Society of Biology is pleased to see the return of The Big Animal Research Debate which aims to encourage discussion about animal research among university students; we wish the initiative every success. 

The debates will take place close to Science Week 2017 when we hope that awareness of the benefits and challenges of many aspects of biology will be widely discussed. We support on-going discussion about how knowledge from research on animals is acquired and used. It is vital that students of science can participate in these discussions and The Big Animal Research Debate is a timely initiative to enable this.”

- Dr Mark Downs, Chief Executive of the Royal Society for Biology

Wellcome Trust

“It is vital the scientific community continues to be open and transparent about the use of animals in research. The Big Animal Research Debate offers a great opportunity to engage in dialogue to discuss why, at this time, animal research is necessary but also what more we can do to ensure animal welfare and look to reduce, replace and refine our animal use wherever possible. This is a chance to encourage more informed views on all sides of the debate.”

- Dr Beth Thompson, Senior Policy Advisor, Wellcome Trust

Speakers Corner Trust

“Speakers’ Corner Trust welcomes any initiative which promotes thoughtful and constructive debate, particularly about complex and controversial issues. Decisions we make about whether and how animal research can be used have far-reaching consequences for us all so the more young people involved in informed, open-minded and rational debate about them the better. This is an important project and one we’re happy to support.”

- Speakers Corner Trust

 

Endorsements for the 2013 Big Animal Research Debate

Rt Hon David Willetts MP, Minister of State for Universities and Science

“Britain is at the forefront of scientific endeavour and medical development and the use of animals in scientific research - where there is no alternative - remains a vital tool in improving our understanding of how biological systems work in health and disease, the research and development of new medicines for humans and animals, the development of cutting edge medical technologies and protection of our environment. I hope the Big Animal Research Debate will encourage a better understanding among the British public, and especially among young people, about how and why animals are used”.

- Rt Hon David Willetts MP

Shabana Mahmood, Shadow Minister for Universities and Science

“It’s important that students are encouraged to take an active part in debating important and controversial issues – including those around science and research. I hope as many students, schools and universities as possible are able to participate in The Big Animal Research Debate”.

- Shabana Mahmood MP

Lord Drayson, former Minister of State for Science and Innovation

“Animal research is an issue which impacts all of us and I believe that it is important that students get involved in the debate over its future. The Big Animal Research Debate is a fantastic way of encouraging young people to understand the scientific issues surrounding the topic of animal research”.

- Lord Drayson (Baron Drayson PC)

The Science Council

“It's really important that the public and young people engage in the key issues in science and the Big Animal Research debate is a great opportunity for students to engage in one of the more difficult subjects. Animal Research regularly comes up in the media and we need to make sure that students have the information and confidence necessary to engage with this discussion.”

- Diane Garnham, Chief Executive

The Wellcome Trust

“The use of animals in research is an emotive issue for some, but if we in the scientific community truly believe in the importance of such research, then we must also engage in an honest debate about its merits and limitations. The Big Animal Research Debate is a welcome opportunity for people to ask the questions that matter to them before reaching an informed view on their support for the use of animals in research.”

- Dr David Lynn, Director of Strategic Planning and Policy

Speakers' Corner Trust

"As a charity which promotes free expression, public debate and active citizenship, Speakers' Corner Trust wholeheartedly supports any initiative which seeks to stimulate interest in and inform opinion about such important issues. The argument over the ethics and efficacy of animal research is complex and crucial but has generally taken place between people with entrenched positions. By enabling a wider audience to engage with the issues and form their judgments through open, rational and tolerant debate, this initiative is to be welcomed."

- Peter Bradley, Director of the Speakers' Corner Trust

Antidote Europe

“The Big Animal Research Debate is an important initiative at a time when animal experimentation is still widely seen as a "necessary evil". Although animal experimentation has traditionally been viewed as a stand-off between medical progress and animal welfare, there are increasing doubts within some sectors of the scientific community regarding the predictive value of animal models in human medicine, which has significant implications both in terms of animal suffering and public health.”

- Andre Menache, CEO

Pro-Test

"I'm very glad that The Big Animal Research Debate will be directly addressing the important question of whether humanity should continue undertaking medical research on animals. While the overwhelming majority of biomedical researchers and medical practitioners recognise the importance of continuing this work, the UK has seen significant opposition to in-vivo research in recent decades. This debate will provide an excellent opportunity for bright young people to discuss the implications and importance of animal research, and critically consider what the world might look like without it."

- Laurie Pycroft, Founder

The Medical Research Council

“The MRC is extremely happy to support the Big Animal Research Debate. There are many controversial issues in science and the use of animals in research is one of them.  Being open and transparent on such issues is really important and encouraging intelligent debate among students is a fantastic idea.”

- Tony Peatfield, Medical Research Council

NC3Rs

“We wholeheartedly support the Big Animal Research Debate as a positive step towards transparency and openness on this issue.”

- Vicky Robinson, Chief Executive

The Association of Medical Research Charities

“Everybody needs to come to their own decision over whether the benefits to people and animal health from animal research outweigh the costs. The Big Animal Research Debate offers students the opportunity for open, honest discussion to decide for themselves how they feel about this.”

- Sharmila Nebhraiani, Chief Executive

The Society of Biology

“The Society of Biology is pleased to welcome The Big Animal Research Debate and its aim of encouraging discussion about animal research among university students, and we wish the initiative every success.

The debates will take place within Biology Week 2013 when we hope that awareness of the benefits and challenges of many aspects of biology will be widely discussed. We support this on-going discussion about how knowledge from research on animals is acquired and used. Students of science in particular should have the opportunity to become informed participants in these discussions and The Big Animal Research Debate is a timely initiative to enable this.”

- Mark Downs, Chief Executive