Our position on animal research How we fund research

We acknowledge some people have concerns about the use of animals in medical research. We only fund research involving animals conducted in accordance with strict guidelines and legal requirements, including Acts of Parliament, and when it is necessary and there is no alternative.

Muscular Dystrophy UK is committed to the three Rs approach:

  • Replace the use of animals with alternative techniques, or avoid the use of animals altogether.
  • Reduce the number of animals used to a minimum, to obtain information from fewer animals or more information from the same number of animals.
  • Refine the way experiments are carried out, to make sure animals suffer as little as possible. This includes better housing and improvements to procedures which minimise pain and suffering and/or improve animal welfare.