Singapore's Agency for Science, Technology and Research announced recently that it was partnering the United States Environmental Protection Agency to develop new non-animal testing methods.
The Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals (SPCA) applauds this positive move to find alternatives to animal testing.
While this is not the first time such work is being done in Singapore, it is encouraging to see increased resources being invested in the development of non-animal testing methods so that animal suffering can be prevented and their lives spared.
Animals in laboratories may suffer not only immeasurable pain, but also severe stress and harm from experimentation.
The SPCA urges research funding agencies to channel more resources into projects which seek to replace, reduce or refine the use of animals in research.
The public, too, can play their part by purchasing products that have not been tested on animals, and supporting cruelty-free companies that are committed to stop animal testing.
Jaipal Singh Gill (Dr)
Acting Executive Director
Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals