A new report from the Home Office has found that animal researchers are failing to provide basic care for the animals used in experiments. Condemned by the national Anti-Vivisection Society, the report reveals that food and water was a recurring issue, counting for nearly a fifth of all the cases of non-compliance.
Jan Creamer, President of the National Anti-Vivisection Society, said: “The failure to provide basic care for animals in research is disturbing and raises further questions about compliance and suffering during the procedures themselves. Using advanced non-animal methods avoids such doubts and provides better results, for animals and people.”
A list of incidents published in the 2016 report for the Animals in Science Regulation Unit (ASRU) showed the failings of basic care. According to the report, a primate was left overnight in a recovery unit following surgery without food or water, mice died from suffocation in two cases due to cages not being fixed to air vents, and due to a ‘miscommunication’ 74 chicks were killed or died after 65 hours without adequate humidity. You can read the full report here, including more information on the negligence of animals used for research.
To be able to conduct animal experiments, proposals must be made through an application to ASRU and are considered and assessed. There are only 20 full time inspectors responsible for the thousands of projects that test on animals around the UK. Figures from the Home Office show that 3,867,528 animals in total were used as test subjects in the UK during 2016 and the official report can be accessed here.
Animal experiments are an outdated practice that often yields inaccurate results, making the pain and suffering of animals unnecessary. The National Anti-Vivisection Society pushes for this to be replaced with advanced scientific techniques that are relevant to humans.