Additional Reporting Requirements Would Not Benefit Research Animals, Warns FASEB

August 26, 2015
In comments submitted to the United States Department of Agriculture (USDA), the Federation of American Societies for Experimental Biology (FASEB) expressed concern about a petition to amend the Animal Welfare Act Regulations (AWR). The petition, submitted by the National Anti-Vivisection Society, requested that USDA amend AWR recordkeeping to require additional reporting categories, such as location of the research facility, origin of the animal, genetic status of the animal, and purpose of the experiment in an institution’s annual report to the USDA Animal and Plant Health Inspection Service.  

In a letter to the Animal Care Research Program Manager , FASEB urged USDA to reject the petitioner’s request because the additional reporting requirements would increase the workload for animal care staff and researchers, drive up the cost of research, and, most importantly, not benefit the research animals. The letter also states that the additional reporting categories may pose a security risk because institutions would be required to identify where animals are housed or used in research. This could result in disruptive or destructive behavior by anti-research groups.

Categories: Science Policy & Advocacy; Animals in Research and Education; Regulatory Burden and Research Administration;