Through AO 40, the Institutional Animal Care and Use Committee or IACUC evaluates or reviews how animals are used or cared for in laboratory settings, for consumer and biomedical research.
While AO 40 ensures that experiments on animals are regulated, PAWS is ultimately against the use of products and establishments using animals for experimentation.
In the interim, our organization will work for the enforcement of the Three Rs within industries that still use animals for research:
1. Reduction – Reducing the number of animals being used for experimentation
2. Refinement – Ensuring that animals do not feel pain and should be euthanized immediately if they can no longer be rehabilitated
3. Replacement – Promoting the use of alternative methods of research and dissection (virtual dissection)