The Severity Assessment Road Map provides step-by-step guidance on how to evaluate the extent to which the severe suffering of laboratory animals occurs within Institutions, and some practical principles that can be employed in order to work toward ending it.
These resources comprise of a poster and linked publication which outline the key questions and practical considerations (including analysis and evaluation of the research being undertaken, defining the obstacles and how to overcome them, establishing a culture of care) that institutions need to address in order to reduce suffering for all animals and to work towards ending severe suffering.
It was developed by the Research Animals Department of the (UK) Royal Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals. The paper is published in the journal Alternatives to Laboratory Animals: Lilley E et al (2014) ATLA 42, 267–272, copyright is retained by the Journal. Copyright of the poster is retained by the RSPCA.
These resources will be of use to researchers, animal welfare bodies, ethics committees and IUCACs, and Institutions seeking to reduce suffering in all laboratory animals and abolish severe suffering within their institution.
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