Animals Used for Research, Teaching & Testing

Position

The Alberta SPCA accepts the use of animals for research, teaching and testing only if and when the procedures used and the standard of care provided does not jeopardize the welfare and well-being of the animals.

Rationale

The Alberta SPCA recognizes that animals will be used for research, teaching and testing for the benefit of both people and animals.

The Alberta SPCA believes all research, post-secondary teaching and testing should be done in compliance with the most current guidelines of the Canadian Council on Animal Care, including rigorous review of all animal-use protocols.

The Alberta SPCA strongly believes alternative methods that reduce, refine and replace the use of animals with non-animal methods should be developed, validated and used.

The Alberta SPCA, as one of its core beliefs, believes all animals should have their basic needs met, as outlined in the Five Freedoms of Animal Welfare developed in 1979 by the UK Farm Animal Welfare Council. The Five Freedoms of Animal Welfare can be found in the Alberta SPCA Core Beliefs document.