Global animal welfare leader, Humane Society International (HSI), today announced the launch of its #ScienceWithoutSuffering (#고통없는과학 in Korean) campaign to promote the advancement of non-animal safety science and health research in South Korea. Korean TV celebrity Sam Hammington and National Assembly Member Ms. Okju Song and Ms. Jeongae Han joined HSI to support the launch of this campaign.
#ScienceWithoutSuffering is the latest in a series of campaigns HSI is launching in various countries to replace cruel and outdated animal tests with modern alternatives that better protect human health. The campaigns aim at convincing government regulators of chemicals, pesticides and other products to adopt and use all available alternative methods, and encouraging increased investment in the development of non-animal test methods using 21st century science.
According to government statistics, animal use in Korea has increased by a stunning 37 percent over the past four years. This rise in animal use is expected to increase further as hundreds of pre-existing chemicals undergo new testing in accordance with Korea’s Act on the Registration and Evaluation of Chemicals (“K-REACH”). The country also plans to open a primate research centre housing up to 3,000 monkeys by 2017. HSI is urging the government to make an immediate commitment to switch to existing validated non-animal testing methods and provide dedicated research funding to further develop modern non-animal safety testing tools such as in-vitro and computational models, and robotic high-throughput testing, which rely on a proper understanding of human biology involved (known as “adverse outcome pathways”).
Sam Hammington said: “After becoming a father recently, the issue of animal testing has become more important than ever. I want my son to live in a society where we give animals the respect they deserve while our safety from harmful environment is not compromised. It’s 2016 and we have made so many advances in science, yet we continue with animal testing. For our further development there needs to be investment in modern non-animal testing tools, so that we can move away from animal testing.”
Borami Seo, policy advisor for HSI, said: “We are thrilled to launch #ScienceWithoutSuffering in Korea and thank Sam Hammington and Congresswoman Song for their support to end cruel animal testing. By advancing science with modern non-animal approaches we can provide better safety and protection for humans and the environment at a fraction of the time and cost per chemical required for animal testing. This is a great opportunity for Korea to move away from out-dated animal testing and become a world leader in humane science.”
Ms. Okju Song said: “I am delighted to support HSI’s #ScienceWithoutSuffering campaign. Non-animal testing is not only about saving animals but it is expanding worldwide for improved toxicity prediction with cutting edge science. This will also contribute in supporting emerging industries developing non-animal test methods. The Korean government is therefore expected to encourage the development of these methods by increasing investment in infrastructure.”
HSI is working to engage Korean consumers, scientists, companies, politicians and other government authorities. Citizens can support the campaign by signing the petition at hsi.org/koreascience (in Korean only) and sharing a picture holding the campaign message board with the hashtag #ScienceWithoutSuffering on social media. The printable version of the campaign board can be downloaded here.
Borami Seo, firstname.lastname@example.org +82.2.6376.1405