Spec. Issue 2006 - Article Summary

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Funding for research, development, validation and acceptance of alternatives must become transparent

Sara J. Amundson
Doris Day Animal League, Washington, DC, USA
Attempts to ascertain the amount of funding available worldwide for research, development, validation and, ultimately, acceptance of non-animal and other alternatives have been stunted by the lack of coordinated accounting and a centralised database. In order to prioritise replacement methods and also identify immediate needs in the field of alternatives, an electronic document or database must be collated on an annual basis to provide genuine transparency of federal and other funding. Federal regulatory and research agencies in the United States, European Union, Japan and other countries should agree to a pilot project. Additional funding data should be provided by the regulated industries, public and private scientific organisations and the animal advocacy community.

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