London, 22 October 2015
The Home Office, the UK Government department for Internal Affairs, has today released the annual statistics on the number of animals used in research in 2014.
Understanding Animal Research, the UK based group advocating to broaden the understanding and acceptance of the humane use of animals in biomedical research, has commented on these figures on their website.
Kirk Leech, Executive Director of the European Animal Research Association (EARA), adds:
“The use of animals in research is crucial to develop the knowledge underpinning many scientific and medical advances. As specified in the Directive 2010/63, all member states have to report their annual statistics. The release of the statistics provides the scientific community with a fantastic opportunity to inform the public and politicians about the continued need for animals in research. Other member states, and the wider European scientific community, could learn from the approach piloted in the UK of working with the media to improve understanding of animal research”.