Animal testing on dogs increases by 634 procedures a year in the UK

Mail Online | 7/19/2019 | Joe Pinkstone For Mailonline
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Animal testing on dogs is on the rise in the UK with a 16 per cent rise in the number of experiments done on canines in 2018 - taking the figure to almost 5,000.

Animal testing as a whole has decreased by seven per cent last year and 2018 represents the lowest level of live animal tests since 2007.

Total - Procedures - Animals

But there was a total of 3.52 million procedures still involving living animals.

A total of 4,481 experiments were done on dogs, with beagles the most popular breed, used in 4,314 procedures.

Majority - Cent - Experiments - Mice - Rats

A staggering majority (93 per cent) of all experiments were conducted on mice, fish and rats.

The majority (71 per cent) of experimental procedures that used dogs were for regulatory procedures designed to test the safety of products and devices for human medicine, dentistry and veterinary medicine.

Cats - Dogs - Horses - Primates - Species

Cats, dogs, horses and primates are all classified as specially protected species and account for 1 per cent (18,000) of experimental procedures.

The number of experiments with cats decreased by 20 per cent, and the number on primates increased by 8 per cent.

Procedures - Creation - Breeding - Animals - Data

Around half (1.8 million) of all procedures were experimental, while the other 1.72 million were for the creation and breeding of genetically altered animals, data from the Home Office revealed.

The report was a mixed bag from the point of increases and decreases with the use of rats in experimental procedures dropping by 27 per cent but the number of experimental procedures on birds increased from 130,000 to 147,000.

Data - Number - Procedures - Animals - Number

The data represents the number of procedures conducted on animals, not the number of animals that were involved as some animals were 'reused'.

More than half (56 per cent) of experimental procedures were carried out for basic research - most commonly focusing on the immune system, the nervous system and human cancer.

Procedures

Procedures for creating and breeding decreased...
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