BUAV disappointed at lack of progress by UK government in reducing animal suffering


Today the UK Government released the latest statistics for experiments carried out on animals. We are extremely disappointed by the lack of a meaningful drop during 2009.

The last figures from 2008 saw a massive 14% increase in the number of animals used in experiments. Today’s figures reveal that there were over 3.6 million experiments started on animals in 2009, representing a fall of just 1% from the year before. That is equivalent to 9,863 experiments every day (14,286 per working day), a totally unacceptable figure. 


BUAV Chief Executive Michelle Thew states:
“The UK should be leading the way in reducing animal testing. Unfortunately, these latest statistics show there is a long way to go.  Millions of animals continue to suffer and die in UK laboratories. We welcome the pledge from the new Coalition government to work to reduce the use of animals in scientific research and we look forward to working with it to make meaningful and lasting change.”

The numbers were announced today by the Home Office in the annual Statistics of Scientific Procedures on Living Animals Great Britain 2009.

Read our full press release here

27th July 2010