USPCA Calls for Fresh Thinking in Use of Animals in Scientific Research
The Department of Health has published the latest figures for animals used in scientific research in Northern Ireland.
28,790 procedures were carried out on live animals in 2018 – up from 24,756 the previous year, an increase of almost 4000 in the number of animals used in scientific research in Northern Ireland. The animals used were mice, rats, fish, cattle, sheep and pigs.
Almost 300 animals died as a result of the research and a further 900 had “severe” consequences.
USPCA Chief Executive, Brendan Mullan stated;
“While the USPCA accepts that the use of animals in research is required to advance human healthcare, it is disappointing to note the year on year increase in the number of animals used.
We would challenge the universities, medical schools and other research establishments to sign up to the principles of – Replacement, Reduction and Refinement – in order to promote and implement scientific methods that replace the use of animals in research.
Investment in the “3Rs” has the potential to develop humane, innovative and animal free science, just as has been achieved in the cosmetics industry.”
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