Reaffirmed April 2014, October 2008, February 2002, March 1997
Revised June 1992 with current title
Originally approved September 1987 titled "The Humane Use of Animals in Research"
The American College of Emergency Physicians (ACEP) supports the responsible use of animals in biomedical research and ongoing discussion regarding the moral status of animals and the proper scope and limits of the use of animals in research.
ACEP therefore endorses the following principles regarding use of animals in research:
The College respects the moral convictions and the free speech rights of those who oppose the use of animals in some or all research and supports a continuing dialogue among those who hold different positions on this important issue. ACEP deplores the actions of those who have attempted to disrupt animal research by break-ins, thefts, vandalism, arson, bombings, death threats, harassment of researchers, and other illegal acts.
ACEP encourages its members to study the ongoing debate over animal research and to contribute to that debate from their valuable perspective as emergency physicians.