About Humane Research Australia

Advocating scientifically valid and humane non-animal methods of research.

Our Vision

A future where no animals suffer in the name of science, and medical progress is advanced through the use of scientifically valid non-animal methodologies.

Our Values

Compassion – for all animals harmed in wasteful research and for the patients and practitioners relying on genuine medical progress

Respect – for the scientific process while treating people with different views with courtesy and civility

Integrity – in providing factual information about the use of animals in research in general and the dangers of relying on animal-based research and the waste of lives and resources in particular

Courage – to speak out in the face of opposition

Commitment – to be knowledgeable and informed and to our goals of advocating for scientifically valid non-animal methods of research

Transparency – in all of our undertakings to promote positive solutions that advance humane research.

Mission Statement and Principles

Humane Research Australia works professionally and ethically to develop community-wide awareness of animal experimentation; pursues all reasonable channels to eliminate such experimentation and champions the benefits of realistic, scientifically effective alternatives to all forms of animal usage in research and teaching.

The Association will hold and maintain the following as core principles:

  • Extrapolation of research data obtained from animal experimentation to humans is ineffective, inconclusive and often unnecessarily dangerous.
  • There are more scientifically reliable, effective and empirically valid ways to conduct research other than with the use of live animals.
  • Animal-based research and teaching represents unnecessarily cruel, empirically compromised and unethical treatment of other sentient beings


HRA recognises that there logistical, institutional, economic, and regulatory barriers to transitioning to human-relevant research. HRA is open to collaboration with individuals and organisations to overcome these barriers and to work together to incentive a phase-out of animal experimentation. With no phase-out plan in Australia, HRA supports the principles of the RSPCA UK 2030 Phase-out Plan and the PETA Research Modernization Deal. 


HRA’s annual activity statements are available on the ACNC website

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