New endorsements: Speaking, researching and healing

The Big Animal Research Debate has been growing over the past few weeks. With Big Animal Research Debates due to start in universities around the country on 14 October, more organisations involved in the on-going debate surrounding the use of animals in medical research have stepped forward to endorse the project. The Chief Executive of NC3Rs, the National Central for the Replacement, Refinement and Reduction of Animals in Research said last month that,

"We wholeheartedly support the Big Animal Research Debate as a positive step towards transparency and openness on this issue."

Founded in 2004 following a House of Lords Select Committee report on the use of animals in scientific research, NC3Rs works to train and inspire early-career scientists searching for alternatives to the use of animal models in important biological research. It also funds research into new ways to simulate and observe biological processes in humans and animals.

The Association of Medical Research Charities
The Big Animal Research Debate has also been endorsed by the Association of Medical Research Charities (AMRC).  The AMRC is a membership organisation that brings together leading medical and health research organisations to share their knowledge, collaborate on new projects, and work together to meet their charitable objectives.

Writing in July, Sharmila Nebhraiani, Chief Executive of the AMRC said

“Everybody needs to come to their own decision over whether the benefits to people and animal health from animal research outweigh the costs. The Big Animal Research Debate offers students the opportunity for open, honest discussion to decide for themselves how they feel about this.”

The Speakers' Corner Trust
In addition to gaining the support of some of the UK’s largest science advocacy and funding organisations, the Big Animal Research Debate has also won endorsements from the debating community.

The Speakers’ Corner Trust, a registered charity that promotes citizenship skills and free speech in the UK and developing democracies gave its approval to the Big Animal Research Debate last month. Peter Bradley, the Director of the Speakers’ Corner Trust said,

"As a charity which promotes free expression, public debate and active citizenship, Speakers' Corner Trust wholeheartedly supports any initiative which seeks to stimulate interest in and inform opinion about such important issues. The argument over the ethics and efficacy of animal research is complex and crucial but has generally taken place between people with entrenched positions. By enabling a wider audience to engage with the issues and form their judgments through open, rational and tolerant debate, this initiative is to be welcomed."

Get involved
Details of all of the organisations that endorse the Big Animal Research Debate can be found on our endorsements page.

Schools and universities who want to stage Big Animal Research Debates of their own, or who want to attend a Big Animal Research Debate should get in touch with us via our contacts page.

About the Big Animal Research Debate
The Big Animal Research Debate is a new public debating project taking place in universities across Ireland, England, Scotland, Wales and beyond.

Between 14th and 17th October more than 20 university debating societies will hold public debates on the motion “This House would ban all forms of animal research”. Many of the events debates will be streamed live on or made available to view on YouTube.

For more information about the Big Animal Research Debate or to get you university, school or college involved, get in touch by sending an email to

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