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July 10, 2014

UK Animal Experiments at 4.12million High – “Devastating Blow for Animal Welfare, a Crisis for Medical Research” says HSI UK

“We will look back on this era of animal experiments and wonder why we tolerated it for so long”

Humane Society International

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In a blow to animal welfare, the Home Office figures released today reveal the number of animal procedures has risen again and now stands at 4.12 million, despite a government pledge to reduce animal use. This represents an increase of 11,600 animal procedures started in 2013 compared to 2012, including a seven per cent increase in the use of non-human primates.

Troy Seidle, Humane Society International’s director of research & toxicology, issued this statement:

“Seeing Britain’s animal experiments continue to rise beyond four million is a devastating blow for animal welfare, but it also represents a crisis for the quality of our medical research because it shows we’re still locked into failing animal models that can delay medical progress. Despite billions of pounds of funding, decades of effort and countless millions of animals’ lives, we still can’t cure or prevent devastating diseases such as Alzheimer’s and Parkinson’s, multiple sclerosis and asthma. With over nine out of 10 new medicines developed using animal experiments failing when they reach human trials, drug development is in crisis. Much of our research is dominated by animal models of human disease that simply don’t work, and that has to change if we want better quality medicine. In years to come we will look back on this era of animal experiments and wonder why we tolerated it for so long.”

Media contact:
Wendy Higgins, EU Communications Director
+44 (0)7989 972 423, whiggins@hsi.org 

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