Issuu on Google+

FRAME News Fund for the Replacement of Animals in Medical Experiments Editor: Anne Jeffery No. 69 October 2012 New Forum for Three Rs Discussion FRAME is launching a new initiative aimed at improving the quality of discussion about issues raised by animal experimentation and the Three Rs. Called Perspectives in Laboratory Animal Science (PiLAS), it will take the form of a stand-alone supplement in FRAME’s scientific journal ATLA (Alternatives to Laboratory Animals) and a new website,, starting this month (October). The move will offer professionals in all relevant fields an opportunity to share their expertise, knowledge and ideas concerning the scientific, ethical, economic and logistical aspects raised by laboratory animal use. Professor Michael Balls, Chairman of FRAME Trustees, said: “Discussions in the media on many important issues are all-too-often of an unacceptably low standard. As a result, opinions are formed, policies are determined, and actions are taken on an inadequate basis, which can lead to regrettable outcomes and the need to take costly remedial steps. “This also applies to the use of laboratory animals as human models, and alternative approaches that could reduce or obviate the need for such use. At the moment, particular issues of concern involve the international transport of animals destined for laboratory use and the use of great apes as laboratory animals, both of which have aroused conflicting and strong responses, but have not been given the quality of discussion they need and deserve.” Those are two of the many topics that will be covered in the new supplement, under these headings: Opinion; Current Dilemmas; Indepth Discussions; The Wisdom of Russell and Burch; Points of View; News; Comments and Feedback. Full details of other issues to be discussed can be found in ATLA 40 (3). PiLAS has been made possible by a grant from the Phoebe Wortley Talbot Charitable Trust, which is gratefully acknowledged. FRAME News INSIDE... The Three Rs around the world 2 Dorothy Hegarty Award 3 FRAME and Parliament 4 The Björn Ekwall Memorial Award 5 FRAME helps with new text book 5 Human fetal tissue use — FRAME’s view 6 ‘Cruelty free’ misinterpreted 6 New methods in asthma research 7 Home Office statistics 2011 8 News from the FAL 10 News in brief 11 Corporate support 12

FRAME News October 2012

Related publications