Number Of UK Experiments On Animals Will Make You Gasp

  • 10/08/2017
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smoke-testing-on-puppies.jpgThe UK is a nation of animal lovers, but you wouldn’t know it reading the Home Office’s latest stats on animals used in laboratories last year.  Released mid-July, the statistics reveal a tragic picture of animal suffering that will break your heart.

Here are five facts that will make you barking mad for animals:

1. Animal tests for household products up a staggering 2167%

Despite a so-called ban on animal testing for household products in the UK, last year saw a whopping increase of 2167% in cruel experiments on animals for ingredients that go into the every-day products we use to clean our homes. 

2. Experiments on dogs up 6%

They’re the UK’s most popular animal companion, with 24% of us sharing our homes with a pooch.  Loyal and loving, they look to us for protection and security.  No one wants to think of dogs suffering in laboratories, but sadly many did in almost 5,000 experiments last year. 

3. 35% of animals suffered ‘moderate’ or ‘severe’ pain in experiments

It’s macabre, but experiments are categorised by the amount of suffering the poor animals experience.  We don’t want any animals wasting away in laboratories, but reducing their suffering would be a step in the right direction. Sadly, the UK has taken a step backwards, inflicting ‘moderate’ or ‘severe’ pain on 5% more animals last year. 

4. Over 40k small furries live – and die – in laboratories

Who doesn’t love rabbits and guinea pigs, especially if you’ve ever had the pleasure of giving a home to a small furry?  Cute, fun and full of trouble, they should be pampered at home or living free and wild, not forced to live in pain in a laboratory.  It’s another thumbs-down for the UK with a shocking 20% rise in the number of guinea pigs used in experiments, and a 9% increase in rabbits.

5. Horses suffer in almost 9,000 experiments

Gentle and majestic, horses belong in fields and meadows, safe from harm and free to roam. Over thousands of years, horses and humans have shared a unique bond. No horse deserves to be repeatedly forced to suffer for research.

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In total, 3.9 million experiments were completed on animals in the UK in 2016. That’s a tiny drop on the previous year.  The UK has a long way to go before research reflects the nation’s unswerving love of animals.

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Comments (1)

Jim Stephens
Said this on 11/08/2017 At 09:31 pm

A bit disingenuous to use an emotive picture from 1975 (SUNDAY PEOPLE, January 26, 1975), especially as " smoking beagles" were banned  twenty years ago .

It is also important to realise that no animal research or testing was done for:

  • Tobacco products (banned in 1997)
  • Cosmetic products or ingredients (banned in 1998)
  • Household products (banned in 2015)
For a read of the other side of the issue see https://speakingofresearch.com/facts/uk-statistics/     or 
http://www.cam.ac.uk/research/news/top-ten-universities-conduct-a-third-of-all-uk-animal-research
the full government statistics can be found here 
https://www.gov.uk/government/statistics/statistics-of-scientific-procedures-on-living-animals-great-britain-2016
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