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Use of Animals in Experiments in Brazil: Cultural, Scientific Practices and New Ethics for the 21st Century




Bioethics, Ethics, Access to Information, Animal experimentation


From 2018 to 2021, 895 research institutions in Brazil registered at the National Council for the Control of Animal Experiments, Concea, were authorized to use more than 16 million animals in experiments. This historical series is published for the first time and the data were obtained through a Brazilian law known as the Information Access Law (LAI). The purpose of this text is to review the literature and problematize access to data on the use of animals as a fundamental condition to change the paradigm in experimental science in the construction of a world with fewer deaths. The article reconstructs the cultural bases and scientific practices that influenced ethics about animals, especially their use in laboratories. At the same time, it indicates that, since antiquity, there were already thoughts that animals should be treated with dignity and humanity. The text presents the emergence of alternative methods in the late 1950s and questions the role of ethics committees in reducing the use of animals in laboratories.


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Author Biography

Marcelo de Trói, Federal University of Bahia

He is a Doctor and Master in Culture and Society by the Multidisciplinary Graduate Program in Culture and Society of the Institute of Humanities, Arts and Sciences Professor Milton Santos of the Federal University of Bahia. He is a member of the Nucleus for Research and Extension in Cultures, Gender and Sexualities-NUCUS (Cult / IHAC), where he coordinates the line of investigation of Dissident Bodies, Cities and Territorialities []. Visiting PhD researcher at ISCTE-CIS-IUL, in 2020, through PRINT - Capes Institutional Internationalization Program - Foundation Coordination for the Improvement of Higher Education Personnel. He holds a bachelor's degree in Social Communication with specialization in Journalism from Universidade Estadual Paulista Júlio de Mesquita Filho (1998). His research is related to the study of the body at the intersection of activism, cities, mobilities, queer studies, as well as partnerships and activities in the field of scientific dissemination, history of science and combating scientific denial. He is an information analyst at the Instituto Multiplicidade Mobilidade Urbana.



How to Cite

Quintilio, W., & Trói, M. de. (2023). Use of Animals in Experiments in Brazil: Cultural, Scientific Practices and New Ethics for the 21st Century. In SciELO Preprints.


Biological Sciences