BUAV disappointment at large increase in the use of primates, dogs and GM animals in Scottish laboratories

23/10/2013

The BUAV has today criticised sharp increases in the numbers of GM animals (32%), primates (711%) and dogs (62.5%) used in experiments in Scotland during 2012.

The total number of animals used in research in Scotland in 2012 was 623,194, which is a 3.27% decrease compared to the number of animals used in 2011 but still represents 15.4% of the total number of animals used in experiments in Great Britain.

Examples of animal experiments recently published by Scottish universities include:  tests forcing rats to breathe diesel particles, inflicting stress on baby mice to monitor effects later in life, injecting mice with cancerous tumours to see if doses of green tea would help and inserting electrodes into sheep and making them overweight for obesity research.

Michelle Thew, Chief Executive, BUAV stated:

"Any decrease in the numbers of animals used in research is welcome. However, hundreds of thousands of animals continue to suffer and die in Scottish laboratories every year. In particular, we are shocked that during 2012 there were sharp increases in the numbers of genetically modified animals, primates and dogs used. These figures are unacceptable. We need to see meaningful and lasting changes for animals in laboratories."

The figures have come to light following questions tabled by Diana Johnson, the Shadow Home Office Minister.