Animals Used in Research

92% of drugs tested on animals fail to meet the standards for human use, and this rate is growing, not improving.

–Food and Drug Administration

Did You Know?
  • That most animals in laboratories are not legally protected.
  • There aren’t enough inspectors to inspect research facilities.
  • That many labs pass inspection even when violations occur.
  • That there are alternatives to animal testing that are more effective, more reliable, and more humane
  • Two federal agencies do the most testing on animals: the Food and Drug Administration (the FDA), and the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (the CDC). 
  • The United States Department of Agriculture, or USDA, is responsible for overseeing and inspecting laboratories that experiment on animals, as well as those who breed and sell animals for use in laboratories. The agency is underfunded and understaffed.
  • Currently USDA employs only 120 inspectors, who are responsible for ensuring compliance for more than 12,000 facilities. These include not just laboratory animal facilities, but also those involved in the of exhibition, breeding and dealing of animals, like zoos, commercial dog breeders, circuses and more.
  • Federally-owned facilities, like the Department of Defense, are not inspected by the USDA
  • The Association for Assessment and Accreditation of Laboratory Animal Care (AALAC) found that AALAC-accredited institutions are cited for more Animal Welfare Act violations than institutions not accredited by the organization.
Take a Stand Against Animal Testing

Did you know an estimated 100 million animals are used in testing and research in the United States every year? Take a stand against animal testing by donating to one of our sponsored animal welfare groups.

Animal Legal Defense Fund