The Bone Cancer Research Trust recognizes that in order to beat primary bone cancer we must invest in a variety of research including cell and tissue experiments, developing computer models and, when absolutely necessary, animal research.
We do not take the decision to fund animal research lightly. We only fund high quality research using animals provided that all local and national regulations are adhered to, excellent health and welfare standards are maintained, and the study addresses the '3Rs':
- Reduce: minimise the number of animals used
- Refine: improve animal welfare by modifying or developing techniques
- Replace: avoid or replace animals in research
As members of the Association of Medical Research Charities (AMRC) we support their statement on animal research.
You can download our Animal Research Policy (updated October 2014)
To-date only 29% of our studies have used animals. All of these studied used mice, except for one study which used rats.
If you would like to donate to Bone Cancer Research Trust but don't want your money to be used for animal research then please let us know when you donate and we can allocate your funds elsewhere.
For further information please follow the links below, or contact us.
- Home Office Regulations on Animal Research
- National Centre for the Replacement, Refinement & Reduction of Animals in Research
- AMRC leaflet: Why do medical charities fund animal research?