AALAS Position Statement: Transparency and Animals in Research

AALAS is an association of professionals that advances responsible laboratory animal care and use to benefit people and animals.

In alignment with our mission, AALAS supports the transparency of laboratory animal care and use given its important role in shaping public opinion about animal research. The format, content, abilities and situational appropriateness of informing the public are important considerations that influence the value of transparency initiatives. While AALAS fully encourages animal research transparency and values its benefit, AALAS is also sensitive to local and/or individual factors influencing the degree of and approach to transparency. AALAS does not endorse specific transparency requests, support letters or proposals. AALAS supports the global concept of transparency and its application whenever feasible. To this end, AALAS promotes education, outreach and advocacy- the foundations of transparency- through a wealth of animal care and use resources available to the AALAS membership and to the public.

Approved by the AALAS Board of Trustees on February 26, 2019.