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Animal Experiments Increase In Labs

Animal Experiments Increase In Labs


More than 3.7 million scientific experiments were conducted on animals in Great Britain last year. This is an increase of 105,000 procedures than the previous year and the trend doesn’t show any signs of slowing down.

Statistics reported by BBC News reported that animal research in UK labs surged in 2010. Most of the growth was due to “breeding genetically modified (GM) animals.” The number rose from 87,000 to 1.6 million procedures.

Most of the testing involved mice, fish and some breeds of monkeys and revolved around finding potentially dangerous mutations.

Penny Hawkins, senior scientific officer at the RSPCA said, “The RSPCA is deeply concerned and very disappointed that the numbers of animals used in research and testing has gone up yet again.” The numbers in 2009 were up from 2008.

Neurobiologist Roger Morris from King’s College explained that “whenever possible scientists studied diseases in a dish, in an effort to avoid the use of animals.” But when they needed to understand the effects of a disease on the entire body, there was no alternative than to use a live animal.

Even when tests on GM animals were taken out of the equation, the statistics still showed an overall increase in the number of procedures performed on animals. The numbers rose by 18,000 from 2.09 million to 2.10 million.

News of these sad statistics came as the UK considers amending its regulations to be more in line with those of the European Union.

Dr. Maggy Jennings, head of the RSPCA research department told Metro the amendments could allow animals “to suffer severe pain or suffering.”

A glimmer of hope from the 2010 statistics indicated that less horses, dogs, cats and rabbits were used in testing by the commercial sector, such as the cosmetic industry. The rise appeared to be in research for cancer, immunology and pharmacology.

The National Anti-Vivisection Society called the increase in animal testing figures, “a national disgrace.” They stated, “Millions of animals suffer and die in laboratories, even when tests are redundant or alternatives are available.”

The Home Office minister, Lynne Featherstone defended the UK saying the country has one of the most “rigorous systems” in the world to protect animals used in medical research.

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1:48PM PST on Feb 19, 2013

We have advance beyond the moon and stars the very depths of the oceans, inner core of Mother Earth even advanced on curing common cold so why can't we stop the senseless lab testing? find the compassion and be humane as in human?

6:42AM PST on Feb 18, 2013

Thank you for sharing.

9:25AM PDT on May 21, 2012

Basta con gli esperimenti sugli animali, facciamoli sui politici.

12:50PM PDT on Apr 10, 2012

Animals systems are so different from humans it's ludicrous that animal testing is still used at all. Oh wait - I forgot - the animal testing industry (and it is an industry) is a money making machine. These people don't care one bit that they are inflicting horrible pain on innocent creatures.

12:39PM PDT on Apr 10, 2012

There are so many charities that I will never donate to or even show support of. They want to save lives by the torture and murder of animals who have no voice..Most of the tests have been done thousands of times over, with the same results. No cures. Computer models and data and other non animal methods have proven to be the winners towards cures. Unfortunately, companies who breed and supply the testing facilites make a lot of money, which is the bottom line. Readers keep in mind that companies like P&G , are getting out of the food market and into more cosmetics and houshold products along with the pharmaceutical industry. They refuse to stop testing, which is what their stockholders love to support.

5:31AM PDT on Mar 24, 2012

When I click to donate, I never click on the breast cancer option. I have asked Care2 a number of times if they can assure me that my click does not go to research that does animal experiments. They have not responded. Have any other animal lovers considered this possibility?

5:25AM PDT on Mar 24, 2012

When I click to donate, I never click on the breast cancer option. I have asked Care2 a number of times if they can assure me that my click does not go to research that does animal experiments. They have not responded. Have any other animal lovers considered this possibility?

3:12PM PST on Feb 9, 2012

and what for??

10:07AM PST on Feb 7, 2012

Boo .... hiss-s-s-s! Knock it off! Animals have feelings, too.

8:42AM PST on Feb 2, 2012

I am against all animal testing! All animals feel - all animals have intelligence - all animals experience emotions - we are not alone on this planet, we just act like we are!

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