Research Animal Procedures Rise in the UK

According to the Home Office (UK), animals’ subjected to scientific procedures rose again for the second year, up 2% in 2011 (up 3% in 2010).   This amounted to 3.79 million procedures last year.  The statistics for 2011 were just released and are available as a full report or in a press-release format here.  The Animals in Science Regulation Unit Annual Report 2011 was also recently released.

Over all findings include:

Genetically modified animals underwent 1.62 million procedures

 Some species procedures increased including, cats (+26%), pigs (+37%), birds (+14%) and fish (+15%)

 There was an increase (+2%) in the numbers of procedures for safety testing (toxicology)

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