More Than 180,000 Animals Experience ‘Severe’ Suffering In UK Labs, Home Office Figures Reveal

More than 180,000 animals were poisoned, given degenerative disorders such as Parkinson’s disease or exposed to “severe” toxicity tests in UK laboratories last year, figures have revealed.

For the first time, the Home Office figures have included the level of trauma experienced by monkeys, dogs, rabbits, mice and rats as they undergo testing.

Animal protection groups have lambasted the “shocking” levels of suffering animals endured in British labs last year, in addition to the “completely unacceptable” lack of progress in substituting animals in research.

Advocates of using animals for research purposes said that most modern medicines used by humans were originally trialled on other species first.

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