Several initiatives are taking place in the United States
to increase transparency about animal research to help
increase public knowledge and understanding.
A commitment to openness
In recent years, there have been calls to create a U.S.
openness agreement. This agreement would demonstrate
a shared understanding among researchers for the need
to increase communications and transparency about the
role of animals in research.
In June 2018, 592 members of the scientific
community published an op-ed in USA Today urging
research organizations to be more transparent about their
The group, which included four Nobel Prize
winners, wrote, “We call upon our country’s research
institutions—large and small—to embrace openness.
We should proudly explain how animals are used for the
advancement of science and medicine, in the interest of
the well-being of humans and animals.”
More than 70 scientific research organizations in the
United Kingdom, including Bayer, GlaxoSmithKline,
and the Universities of Oxford and Cambridge, signed
a similar agreement in May 2014. The Concordat on
Openness on Animal Research pledged that signatories
would be “clear about when, how, and why” they use
animals research, improve communications with media
organizations and the public, “be proactive in providing
opportunities for the public to find out about research
involving animals,” and report annually on progress.
Come See Our World
Come See Our World (CSOW) is one of the outreach
initiative recently launched by Americans for Medical
The website, www.comeseeourworld.org, relies on the
public display and distribution of photographs and videos
that accurately reflect animal care and research.
“Many of the most broadly distributed images of
animal research come from opponents. Almost all of
these photos and videos were misleading. Many are
decades old but portrayed as being current. Others
lacked important context,” Clifford said. “We launched
“We call upon our country’s
and small—to embrace