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Animal Experiment Statistics

Published Monday, January 18, 2016

In 2014 3.8 million procedures were completed on regulated living animals representing a decrease of 6% compared to 2013. This note summarises and analyses trends in data, including the growth of universities as the dominant seat of research on animals, the decline of research for toxicological purposes, and the growth in animal procedures for cancer research.

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In 2014 3.8 million procedures were completed on regulated living animals representing a decrease of 6% compared to 2013. This note summarises and analyses trends in data, including the growth of universities as the dominant seat of research on animals, the decline of research for toxicological purposes, and the growth in animal procedures for cancer research.

This note analyses trends in scientific procedures that are subject to the provisions of The Animals (Scientific Procedures) Act 1986. Under this Act, any scientific procedure carried out on a living vertebrate animal or one species of octopus (Octopus vulgaris), which is likely to cause that animal pain, suffering, distress or lasting harm, is a regulated procedure requiring licence authority.

The figures relate to procedures taking place in Great Britain and provide details of the number occurring, the purpose of the experiment, the number and species of animals involved, and the number and nature of licence holders involved. Following reclassifications resulting from the introduction of the 1986 Act, many historical figures date back to 1988.

Data for EU countries is also summarised

Commons Briefing papers SN02720

Author: Noel Dempsey

Topics: Animal diseases, Animal experiments, Animal welfare, Animals, Genetics, Science

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