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Half as many animals used in medical research as 20 years ago

BMJ 2002; 324 doi: (Published 19 January 2002) Cite this as: BMJ 2002;324:134
  1. Zosia Kmietowicz
  1. London

    The number of animals used annually in medical research has halved over the last 20 years, a UK group representing medical researchers has said.

    Just over 2.7m scientific procedures using animals were performed last year. Slightly fewer animals were used than the number of procedures performed, because some animals were used more than once, a new booklet produced by the Research Defence Society has stated.

    The booklet, The Hope, the Challenge, the People, is aimed at increasing public understanding of how animals are used in medical research.

    Animal technician Pauline Tamplin is one of the six …

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