Tuesday, 24 July 2007

Amount of animal testing continues to rise despite legislation

Home Office figures have shown that the levels of animal testing in Britain reached a 15-year high of 3.1m last year, despite legislation aimed at minimising the use and suffering of animals in medical research. Professor Balls, Chairman of Frame (Fund for the Replacement of Animals in Medical Experiments) has called for an urgent review of the way animal experiments are licensed saying "As a scientist I'm entitled to believe in modern technology to deal with these problems but I'm disappointed that more effort hasn't been put into bringing the numbers down". Dr Richmond, head of the scientific procedures division at the Home Office said the trend for more animals being used was likely to continue as the number of scientists using genetically modified mice increased.


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