British animal-rights activists say an umbrella group representing leading medical charities is compelling its members to publicly declare support for the use of animals in health research, according to The Independent. The Association of Medical Research Charities rejected the claim, which arises from a resolution adopted by the organization.
The resolution asks the association's 133 members to acknowledge to donors whether they provide funds for animal research. Those that do not are asked to add, "As a member of AMRC we support the principle of using animals in research when it is necessary to advance understanding of health and disease."
Anti-vivisection organizations contend the resolution is aimed at stifling dissent within AMRC on animal research. The association said it is intended to present a united front on the issue and was unanimously approved by member charities, which collectively spend about $2-billion a year on research. The umbrella group's official position is that animal testing should be minimized but used when technology offers no alternative.