Reference: al-Fataawa al-Muhimmah – Page 695
al-Mowsoo’ah – 4176
Question: Is it permissible to perform research [and testing] upon animals for medical and medicinal advancement?
Response: I don’t see any harm in this [based] upon the generality of His (Subhaanahu wa Ta’aala) saying:
However, it is obligatory to undertake the simplest route in testing and the furthest away from causing suffering to the animals.