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Oxford University tops list for animal testing as at February 2016
Oxford conducts more tests on animals in its labs than any UK university, new figures show.
It heads a list compiled by the anti-vivisection organisation Cruelty Free International, with 226,739 animals used in experiments in 2014.
The government says these animal procedures are “moderate”
It was followed by Edinburgh (200,861), University College London (176,901), King’s College London (165,068), and Cambridge (160,557).
Among the animals used were rats, mice, frogs, fish, guinea pigs, rabbits, sheep and monkeys.birds and ferrets
Monkey experiments conducted at some unis were said to involve animals not being given food or water, having electrodes in their skulls or limbs, and being blasted with noise while trapped in a box. Other “disturbing” experiments allegedly included rats being injected with acid to cause brain damage, and pregnant sheep injected with testosterone twice a week or having their ovaries punctured during surgery.
Universities account for around half of all animal experimentation in the UK.
Dr Katy Taylor, director of science at Cruelty Free International, said: “The public will be shocked to learn that five of the UK’s leading universities are responsible for testing on almost 1 million animals, despite an increasing number of universities recognising this isn’t the way forward. We urge them to leave this barbaric practice behind and move to developing innovative and humane research methods for the future.”
The figures were obtained by Freedom of Information requests. Of 70 UK universities approached, 48 replied in full while 17 sent partial responses.
Five universities, Manchester, Southampton, Imperial College London, Bristol and Aston failed to return any data, said Cruelty Free International.
In a statement, Oxford University said it was “determined to carry out research using animals to the highest standards”.
A spokesman added: “Each trial is designed to minimise the number of animals used. Animal care, including veterinary care, is provided around the clock. We are clear that no procedure using animals should be undertaken lightly and staff will challenge any behaviour that risks falling below the high standards we set ourselves.
“Research using animals continues to provide important insights, whether into the effects of heart disease or the development of vaccines for major global diseases like malaria.
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