April Fool’s Day – Don’t be fooled by animal research



On April Fool’s Day, the time of year when humans play practical jokes on each other, the BUAV is highlighting some of the more outrageous and frivolous animal experiments carried out in EU laboratories.

Most recent figures show that nearly 11.5 million animals were used by EU researchers in 2011. These numbers and these examples show, once again, that the claims made by the research industry that animal experiments are only conducted for vital medical research and only as a last resort are simply not correct.  

Sadly, for the animals who had to suffer, this is no practical joke. These experiments showcase the disturbing and ridiculous lengths some researchers will go to in an attempt to mimic human illness and behaviour – when there is already far more reliable human data available. Moreover, such experiments belittle the complexity of human conditions which are affected by wide-ranging variables such as genetics, socio-economic factors, deeply-rooted psychological issues and different personal experiences.

Whilst these and other such experiments might seem to be wild hoaxes, they have in fact been licensed and carried out within the EU quite legitimately: