The BVAU (British Union for the Abolition of Vivisection) react to the release of this Home Office Report which shows an alarming increase in animal experimentation in the UK.
Figures released today reveal that 3,583,223 animals were used in tests in 2008, an increase of 14% on the previous year. This is the biggest year on year increase since 1987.
The increase is caused by a 9% increase in mice and 85% increase in fish.
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, 176 cats were subjected to experiments.
The Chief Executive of the BUAV, Michelle Thew, said: “This shocking rise in the numbers of animals subjected to experiments is an outrage. This is the seventh year of consecutive rises in the number of animals used. There is clear public concern on this issue.
“The UK claims to have the tightest regulation on animal testing in the world. We should be leading the way in reducing animal testing, not inflicting even more pain and suffering. Unfortunately, these latest statistics show there is a long way to go, and the BUAV will keep putting pressure on the Government to take action to stop the animal suffering.”