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Animal procedure stats rise fifth year in a row
Posted 24 July 2007
The Home Office has announced that British researchers conducted more than three million experiments on animals in 2006. This is the fifth year in a row that the number of animal procedures has risen.
More than 3,000 primates were experimented on, despite huge public and political opposition. Aside from the cruelty of inflicting pain and suffering on our closest genetic kin, the experiments are unreliable. Last year, clinical trials of the TGN1412 monoclonal antibody were abandoned when the drug, which had been passed as safe in monkeys, almost killed six human volunteers. The company insisted that animal testing gave no hint of the side effects.
The latest statistics also show a massive hike in the use of genetically modified (GM) animals, who are supposed to mirror human disease and reaction more closely than non-GM animals. The use of GM animals has revealed itself to be hopelessly inefficient and crude. Some 70% of the time when a GM animal intended to replicate a human disease is created, it does not ‘perform’ as expected. In short, modelling human diseases with GM animals has been disastrous.
These latest Home Office figures reinforce the government’s blind support and promotion of an industry that injures and kills animals and people alike.