Sunday, 26 July 2009

*UK animal experiments rise by 14%

The annual figures for animal experiments, was released by the Home Office this week. The report reveals the biggest year on year increase since 1987.

3,583,223 animals were used in tests in 2008, an increase of 14% on the previous year.

Despite overwhelming public concern and growing pressure for an outright ban, the UK conducted tests on 3,354 primates, our closest genetic relatives, an increase of 7% on last year. This was caused by a dramatic increase in macaques to 3,092 animals (23%).

Furthermore, contrary to the UK being hailed as a nation of animal lovers, 252 horses, 11,916 rabbits, 4,271 dogs and 176 cats were subjected to experiments.

To read BUAV Chief Executive Michelle Thew's reaction to this news and find out how you can help the BUAV continue campaigning against animal experiments, click here:;

The Home Office report can be viewed here:;

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