It is a sad fact that nearly 3.8 million animals, including cats and dogs, were used in medical research experiments last year alone.
In spite of alternatives that do not use animals being available, recent Home Office statistics show a shocking 2% increase in the last 12-months in the number of animals, many of them companion animals, used in scientific procedures.
One organization that has dedicated the last 42-years to funding replacements for animal experiments is the Dr Hadwen Trust for Humane Research (DHT). The DHT is the UK’s leading medical research charity and has been a driving force in funding and promoting the development of techniques and procedures to replace the use of animals in biomedical research and testing.
To further this aim, the DHT supports and assists scientists to implement existing techniques and develop new ones which are more human- relevant and replace animal experiments. They award grants to scientists in universities, hospitals and research organizations following a rigorous peer-reviewed selection procedure.
Funded solely by charitable donations, the DHT has awarded grants to over 150 research projects over 42-years, for some of the most advanced
and successful human-related techniques in the most diverse areas of medical research including cancer, Alzheimer’s, asthma, kidney, heart and liver disease and diabetes, to name only a few.
Without government funding, the DHT has made a significant contribution to changing the face of medical research. It is vital that its valuable work continues. Here are some suggestions for ways you can help:
– Ebay for charity pages. ebay.co.uk/e
• Set up a regular donation by standing or
der or through your payroll
• Leave a legacy
To find out more, go to drhadwentrust.org