Professor Douglas Kell, Chief Executive of BBSRC, commented on the report in The Sunday Times, 14 April 2013, which claimed breaches of welfare standards for laboratory animals.
"As a major funder of bioscience research at Imperial College London, we welcome the university's prompt response to these claims and the setting up of an investigation to establish the facts. BBSRC strongly supports Imperial's continued commitment to openness around the use of animals in research. Together with the rest of the life science community BBSRC is committed to the use of animals in research only when necessary and where there are no suitable alternatives. But we must recognise that research using animals, properly licensed and properly conducted, is an important part of modern biosciences, and can contribute significantly to findings and procedures that prolong or save the lives of animals, including humans."
For Imperial College's statement please see: www3.imperial.ac.uk/newsandeventspggrp/imperialcollege/newssummary/news_14-4-2013-9-33-52