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Environments 2014, 1(1), 14-30; doi:10.3390/environments1010014
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Review of Evidence of Environmental Impacts of Animal Research and Testing

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Received: 13 March 2014 / Revised: 26 May 2014 / Accepted: 28 May 2014 / Published: 6 June 2014
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Abstract

Millions of animals are used in research and toxicity testing, including in drug, medical device, chemical, cosmetic, personal care, household, and other product sectors, but the environmental consequences are yet to be adequately addressed. Evidence suggests that their use and disposal, and the associated use of chemicals and supplies, contribute to pollution as well as adverse impacts on biodiversity and public health. The objective of this review is to examine such evidence. The review includes examinations of (1) resources used in animal research; (2) waste production in laboratories; (3) sources of pollution; (4) impacts on laboratory workers’ health; and (5) biodiversity impacts. The clear conclusion from the review is that the environmental implications of animal testing must be acknowledged, reported, and taken into account as another factor in addition to ethical and scientific reasons weighing heavily in favor of moving away from allowing and requiring animal use in research and testing.
Keywords: animal research; animal testing; adverse environmental impacts; laboratory waste production; breeding; laboratory health effects animal research; animal testing; adverse environmental impacts; laboratory waste production; breeding; laboratory health effects
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Groff, K.; Bachli, E.; Lansdowne, M.; Capaldo, T. Review of Evidence of Environmental Impacts of Animal Research and Testing. Environments 2014, 1, 14-30.

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