Animal testing causes untold suffering, and steps are being taken to come up with alternatives. The University of Windsor in Ontario has opened a new research institution, the Canadian Centre for Alternatives to Animal Methods (CCAAM). The first of its kind in Canada, the CCAAM aims to develop, validate, and promote research, education and testing that does not require the use of animals.
According to CCAAM executive director Dr. Charu Chandrasekera (pictured at right), results that come from animal testing don’t guarantee the safety of human products. In fact, about half the drugs approved for consumption are either recalled or relabelled due to side effects that aren’t identified in animal research. The CCAAM’s cutting edge technology takes the place of animals in all testing procedures, offering more responsible and accurate results.