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Laboratory Animal Use in Great Britain in 2009

Andrew Knight


PhD, MRCVS, FOCAE

AATEX 15(2):59-60, 2010

Within Great Britain, just over 3.6 million scientific procedures were conducted on animals in 2009. Although one percent less than 2008, this was the second highest total since current statistics began in 1988. Primate use decreased overall by seven percent, although new world primate use increased substantially. For the first time genetically altered animals outnumbered normal animals. 67% of all procedures did not utilise any form of anaesthesia. The profound animal welfare implications of these factors are discussed.

key words: animal experiment, Great Britain, 3Rs, alternative, animal welfare

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(AATEX: Altern. Animal Test. EXperiment.: Alternatives to Animal Testing and EXperimentation)