Animals in Science

Animals used in science include dogs, rabbits and even our closest genetic relatives, primates, despite concerns about the scientific value and relevance to humans of many animal experiments. 

While support to replace the use of animals in science is growing fast, human-relevant alternatives are struggling to thrive. Not only that, but the concept and practice of the 3Rs – replacement, reduction and refinement – seems to be stagnating. 

Eurogroup for Animals is working to revert this trend and ensure an ambitious implementation of the 3Rs towards the final goal of full replacement of animals by humane scientific approaches. We strive for a paradigm shift in society, politics and academia towards humane, innovative, and animal-free science.

What do we want to achieve? 

  • To influence the revision of Directive 2010/63/EU on the use of animals in science.

  • Thematic reviews of animal use regularly carried out by the Commission under this Directive.
  • To promote animal-free research under the EU’s next funding programme, Horizon Europe.
  • An increase in funding for animal-free research methods.
  • To see an end to the use of animals in education under Directive 2010/63/EU. 
  • To promote the 3Rs and non-animal research methods.
  • A phase-out strategy for animals in science.

External links:

The NAT database (Non-Animal Technologies), launched by our German member Doctors Against Experiments, contains updated information on modern non-animal technologies, based on scientific studies and publications.

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