Openness is the best policy when it comes to the use of animals in research, according to a new note from the League of European Research Universities (LERU). It encourages universities to speak out about the issue, and so increase public understanding about why animals are used and the safeguards involved.
The note's recommendations for universities include:
- Have well-designed communications strategy for animal experiments
- Set up an animal research communication group to implement the strategy
- Be clear about why animal research takes place, and safeguards to minimise suffering
- Be specific about what happens in the research
- Always mention when animal research has contributed to a breakthrough
- Encourage researchers and animal welfare staff to engage with the local community
- Have a plan for discussing animal research on social media
To find out more, read the interview with lead author Serban Morosan, Director UMS and Designated Veterinarian at the Sorbonne University, Paris.