In an interview printed yesterday in The Daily, the student newspaper of the University of Washington, Dr. David Anderson voiced his support for animal research at the university, stressing the immense importance of ethical and humane medical research with animal models.
The Q&A with Dr. Anderson, the Executive Director of UW’s Health Sciences Administration and Institutional Official of the Animal Care and Research Program, clearly and concisely outlines the value of animal models in modern day biomedical research. He highlights such points as the impact on modern day healthcare, use of alternatives, oversight, and animal care. After reading the piece, one commenter wrote, “Thank you for presenting a balanced story on a challenging issue. I appreciate you showing the truth about animal research in response to the misinformation routinely stated by the animal activism leadership. Biomedical research will save lives and improve health in both human and animal populations and should be supported. The University of Washington is a world leader in medical advances and I'm proud to be an alumni.”
NABR applauds Dr. Anderson for speaking out in support of the issue as he, himself, has been the target of animal rights protests. According to the article, his home has been targeted by protesters over the construction of a new lab animal facility on the UW campus.
To read, “Moment of science: Why animal testing is essential for medical progress,” the question and answer session with Dr. Anderson, please click here.