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Policy Statements

Air Transport of Animals Advances Human and Animal Welfare

Air transportation is essential so scientists can work with animal models that otherwise would not be available for life-saving research. Moreover, it is the most humane transportation option for the animals themselves.

Requirements for APS Journal Authors Reporting Animal Studies

The APS underscores its commitment to the humane treatment of animals by requiring that steps be taken to ensure animal welfare if research studies are to be published in APS journals.

Guiding Principles for the Care and Use of Vertebrate Animals in Research and Training

Animal experiments are to be undertaken only with the purpose of advancing knowledge. Consideration should be given to the appropriateness of experimental procedures, species of animals used, and number of animals required.

APS Condemns Extremism and Harassment

The American Physiological Society unequivocally condemns the targeting of individuals engaged in legitimate scientific inquiry.

Animal Research is Essential to the Search for Cures

A brief statement reaffirming the Society’s commitment to humane animal research.

On the Use of Animals in Teaching

The study of living systems is an essential component of physiology instruction. Teaching laboratories that actively engage students in observation of and interaction with living systems enhance student understanding of physiology.

Using Animals in Teaching: Position Statement Rationale

Position statements are, by definition, brief, and typically do not capture the detailed analysis and discussion of the complex issues that they summarize. Therefore, it is important to provide additional information to help orient the reader to the discussion that shaped the position statement.

Principles for the Use of Animals in Research and Education

The Federation of American Societies for Experimental Biology (FASEB) affirms the essential contribution of animals in research and education aimed at improving the health of both humans and animals. The role of animals remains critical in understanding the fundamental processes of life, and in developing treatments for injury and disease. Members of the constituent Societies of FASEB believe that the use of animals in research and education is a privilege. This imposes a major responsibility to provide for their proper care and humane treatment. Good animal care and good science go hand-in-hand.

Testimony Archive

NIH FY 2016

The APS supports a funding level for NIH of at least $32 billion in FY 2016. (PDF)

NSF & NASA FY 2016

The APS supports a net level of $7.72 billion for NSF's FY 2016 budget, a restoration of cuts to NASA’s life sciences research budgets, and an increase in funding for the Human Research Program. (PDF)

NIH FY 2015

The APS supports an NIH net funding level of $32 billion in FY 2015. (PDF)

Comments & Letters

APS Responds to RFI on Amending USDA Reporting Requirements

APS tells USDA that proposed changes to research animal reporting requirements would not benefit animals but will increase administrative burden.

APS Urges USDA to Reject New Nonhuman Primate Standards

The APS submitted comments urging USDA to reject a request from several animal rights groups to develop specific ethologically appropriate standards for nonhuman primates in research. The APS noted that the supporting evidence for this request consisted of a biased review of outdated reports about the treatment of nonhuman primates in research. In fact, research facilities provide social housing for the majority of nonhuman primates and otherwise ensure their psychological well-being by providing foraging opportunities, manipulanda, and sensory and cognitive stimulation, as well as positive reinforcement training and other kinds of behavioral management.

APS Advocacy

APS Members Urge Congress to Invest in Research, Regulate Sensibly

2014 coverage of the Capitol Hill visits by the Science Policy Committee and the Animal Care and Experimentation Committee in The Physiologist.

APS Committees Visit Capitol Hill

2013: The Physiologist coverage of two APS Committees' Hill Days.

Science Policy Committee Meets with NHLBI Director

2012: The APS President Sue Barman and the Science Policy Committee met with NHLBI Director Garry Gibbons Oct 2.