February 28, 2015
A groundbreaking study by PETA scientists, published in the prestigious Journal of Medical Ethics, determined that animal use at leading federally funded U.S. laboratories rose by a staggering 73 percent in recent years—despite growing public opposition to animal experimentation, mounting evidence that results from animal studies are often not applicable to humans, and the availability of superior non-animal research methods. The increase was driven primarily by the escalated use of mice. The results of this work were also presented at the annual American Association for the Advancement of Science conference. PETA is using the data to urge decisionmakers to strengthen policies aimed at reducing and replacing the use of animals in experiments.