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Experimental procedures involving animals rise slightly, show British figures

BMJ 2016; 354 doi: (Published 22 July 2016) Cite this as: BMJ 2016;354:i4096
  1. Matthew Limb
  1. London

The number of experimental scientific procedures involving animals has increased slightly, but those causing a major change in the animals’ health or wellbeing have decreased, the latest figures for Great Britain have shown.

The figures for 2015 reported that the proportion of “severe” experimental procedures had reduced since 2014, when the government started to assess what animals actually experienced in laboratories (previous data did not cover severity of procedures). Procedures were classified as severe if they caused a “major departure in animals’ usual state of health and wellbeing.” The proportion of severe procedures fell to 6% (123 000) in 2015, from 8% the previous year, Home Office statistics reported. …

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