4.14 Million Experiments on Animals Were Carried Out in Britain Last Year. Why?

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The Home Office has just released its annual statistics on the number of scientific procedures performed on animals in Britain last year. They make for shocking reading.

Number of experiments on animals conducted in UK 2015

A staggering 4.14 million scientific procedures were conducted on animals in British laboratories during 2015.

These procedures included:

  • 3 million experiments on mice
  • 21,831 experiments on guinea pigs
  • 8,356 experiments on horses and other equids
  • 4,643 experiments on dogs
  • 3,612 experiments on primates

126,000 animals didn’t regain consciousness after experiments classified as ‘non-recovery’. And a further 185,000 experiments were classed as ‘severe’ in the level of suffering caused to the animals – even under the government’s flawed classification system.

And if that wasn’t bad enough, an additional 56,000 animals were made to experience severe pain and distress without even being used in experiments. These genetically modified animals – who often have painful, unnatural mutations – are kept in laboratories to allow experimenters to keep on breeding more animals from them.

It’s shameful that experimenters continue to imprison, burn, poison, drill into, cut open, and kill cats, dogs, rabbits, monkeys, and other animals. No animal deserves to suffer in these ways. And there is overwhelming evidence that experiments on animals are often the least productive and sometimes the most counterproductive way to try to gain information.

Shamefully, as one of the largest animal-testing nations in Europe, Britain is falling far behind more progressive countries which recognise that exciting approaches such as human-on-a-chip, 3-D human skin cultures, and high speed computer models can predict far more accurately what will happen in humans than experiments on animals do.

As Britain prepares to leave the European Union, we must make sure that we go forwards, not backwards, on cruel animal tests. Britain needs to take the opportunity to become a global leader in innovative science by becoming the first country to commit to phasing out tests on animals and investing only in cutting-edge non-animal research methodologies.

This is the future of science, and for both humans and other animals, we would do well to seize it.

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  • Lynne Westbrooke commented on July 20, 2016 at 11:13 am

    Please stop this barbaric suffering its not fair on these poor animals, what have they ever done to deserve this kind of life

    • Jennifer Lane commented on July 20, 2016 at 8:19 pm

      Shocking figures. We have no right to use our fellow creatures in this way.

    • paul yate commented on July 24, 2016 at 3:03 pm

      The British Government have LIED consistantly and persistently for years on the issue – falsely claiming in replies to constituents that they are reducing numbers of animals used and the numbers of procedures, these figures are just the tip of the ice-berg and the most appalling cruelty is kept hidden and not included in these shocking figures, most Government establishments torturing animals on a daily basis do so in complete secrecy away from prying eyes of the media or the public. they are a disgrace and total hypocrites preaching to others yet allowing such sub-human torture

      • paul yate commented on July 24, 2016 at 3:06 pm

        I would like to add that under Cameron’s Government the numbers of inspectors who are meant to maintain some sort of standards at laboratories, slaughterhouses etc. has been slashed in halve and any proposed inspection is forewarned some six months in advance, a total sham and disgrace but what can you expect from people that enjoy hunting with hounds

    • Lesley Sherrard commented on July 30, 2016 at 12:50 pm

      These animals have done nothing to deserve their fate. The conclusion of any tests performed on animals is useless. Human beings are different from animals and so, the effects on the animals will not be the same on humans.

      Man thinks that he is God and can use and destroy other living beings on this planet. HOW WRONG HE IS!

  • Cindy Deacon commented on July 20, 2016 at 11:20 am

    This is appalling, there should be no animal testing we are in 2016.
    I have never believed that tests performed in innocent animal lives have benefited humans, these researchers haven’t got a clue it is all lies and poor lil lives are inflicted with pain, torture, the horrors they suffer is not in the name of research at all.
    RIP all the poor innocent animal that are put through these barbaric procedures.

  • Jacqui commented on July 20, 2016 at 11:27 am

    STOP STOP This cruelty NOW, you do not need any form of animals to test drugs or cosmetics or fertilisers on. STOP THIS CRUELTY NOW

    • sally commented on July 22, 2016 at 8:00 pm

      because your worth it NO WAY

  • Debbie walker commented on July 20, 2016 at 11:30 am

    My daughter as a police officer had to have pepper spray in her eyes on training ! This was to enable her to cope and feel what other people feel !!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! They didn’t use an amimal for this !!!!!!!!!!!!!

    • rocco frangione commented on December 8, 2016 at 5:09 pm

      yr stupid daughter probably knew this was going to happen, but she chose to accept it anyway. nobody’s fault but her own

  • janet jenkins commented on July 20, 2016 at 11:32 am

    l am a very proud British women but when l read these statistics in my country it makes me ashamed first so many of these barbaric tests are duplicated in other countries the pain fear these little living creatures suffer is beyond belief we must be better than this please take a stand know how these sentient creatures are treated and lets stop it we do not have the right to do this

  • Elaine baxter commented on July 20, 2016 at 11:39 am

    This is inhumane, unnecessary, totally unjustified and of no relevance to humans this should stop immediately and other more relevent alternatives promoted. Animal experimentation demeans humanity.

  • Judith Trunks commented on July 20, 2016 at 12:03 pm

    Legalized cruelty is the hardest to fight but we must keep trying for these poor creatures cannot speak for themselves

  • Viv commented on July 20, 2016 at 12:08 pm

    Ban it completely! We do not have the right to make any animal suffer!

    • John Lloyd commented on October 19, 2016 at 6:36 pm

      for all of these experiments on animals . the facts are that many of the experiments carried out , have been conducted many times and are no more than money making concepts .

  • April Whalley commented on July 20, 2016 at 12:09 pm

    This must stop – it is hideous cruelty.

  • J Williams commented on July 20, 2016 at 12:13 pm

    This is more than shocking. We cannot condemn others for cruelty against animals while conducting these experiments ourselves.
    No wonder others ignore what we say, look at what we do!

  • carol taylor commented on July 20, 2016 at 12:36 pm

    Please stop this unessary cruelty

  • Fiona Baum commented on July 20, 2016 at 12:37 pm

    Stop all experiment it is not necessary and animals are not human they have not got the same genes so this is just cruilty leave the animals alone we don’t want these poor animals to suffer any longer thank you

  • Angela commented on July 20, 2016 at 12:43 pm

    Please just stop

  • Jane Sibley commented on July 20, 2016 at 1:00 pm

    Using animals in any kind of experiment is wholly unjustified. We have no right.

  • Ivo Sunjic commented on July 20, 2016 at 1:24 pm

    I am disquisted with your laws and treatment of animals and suffering they endure

  • Tracy Riggs commented on July 20, 2016 at 1:53 pm

    This is disgusting and should be stopped.

  • Eliz Lawlor commented on July 20, 2016 at 2:33 pm

    Please stop these unspeakably cruel experiments on defenceless animals and stop buying products that tested on animals please please.

  • Louis commented on July 20, 2016 at 3:04 pm

    If it’s sad that the one mighty British Empire is now a pawn for unscrupulous pharmaceutical companies whose actions are unethical and profits exorbitant

  • Irene milks commented on July 20, 2016 at 4:51 pm

    The way we treat animals so badly has to stop abs stop now…..
    If we need to experiment then we should be using humans not animal, it’s barbaric, cruel and inhuman!

  • Sue commented on July 20, 2016 at 6:47 pm

    Us humans have a choice , animals do not.

  • Natalie birch commented on July 20, 2016 at 7:31 pm

    This is CRUEL and needs to be stopped !!!!!! I’d love to get those monsters and test on them !!!!!!

  • Rob Bonnette commented on July 20, 2016 at 8:51 pm

    This is totally unacceptable. It is proven that the effect is not the same as in humans so experimentation is nothing more than cruelty in the extreme by psycho’s bent on inflicting pain on animals who cannot defend themselves. Britian, you call yourselves a civilised nation. News flash you are BARBARIC.

  • Wendy commented on July 20, 2016 at 9:03 pm

    Who the hell do hunans think they are that we can cause so much pain and suffering over and over.
    We need to stop it all NOW

  • michelle Holt commented on July 20, 2016 at 9:06 pm

    this is so wrong what is up these people who do they think there are how can they go home and be a loveing family member MAKES ME SO MAD

  • Felizot Céline commented on July 20, 2016 at 9:06 pm


  • diane applin commented on July 20, 2016 at 11:21 pm

    Has too stop with all this cruelty

  • annette moolman commented on July 21, 2016 at 9:05 am

    One would think that in this day and age Vivisection would no longer be necessary. For ages animals has suffered all kinds of horror in laboratories. Testing on animals and breeding them should be BANNED ALTOGETHER!

  • maryke commented on July 21, 2016 at 9:07 am

    This is so cruel!

  • Rekha Reddy commented on July 21, 2016 at 9:10 am

    Please stop testing on animals

  • tracy hunter commented on July 21, 2016 at 10:04 am

    Absolutely sickening

  • Martina Grimová commented on July 21, 2016 at 11:09 am

    stop cruelty for animals

  • Dawn commented on July 21, 2016 at 11:39 am

    Stop the testing on animals

  • Angeline millar commented on July 21, 2016 at 11:44 am

    This is disgusting we are supposed to be a nation of intelligent people but we are no better than the shit we clean up stop this barbaric act now how many times do you have to test the same thing over and over again are you that thick.

  • Hazel Speed commented on July 21, 2016 at 1:08 pm

    Please stop testing on animals. God did not put them in the Ark for that purpose !

  • Sandy Brasier commented on July 21, 2016 at 3:21 pm

    In God’s name WHY….animals are living. Breathing being’s..what right have these people to do this…..

  • Linda A Arndt commented on July 21, 2016 at 4:31 pm

    This should stop! Surely Great Britain knows there are ways to conduct experiments that don’t involve harming animals.

  • joanna reyers commented on July 21, 2016 at 6:15 pm

    It’s so upsetting to hear and see so many animals being treated like this. I am 100% against animal testing. I believe products etc tested on animals should have a logo stating so to allow the customer to make a conscious decision about buying a product. There are plenty of humans prepared to take their place for a small price.

  • Thaysa commented on July 21, 2016 at 7:31 pm

    Stop it now!No more cruelty!

  • Michelle commented on July 21, 2016 at 8:06 pm

    Please ban all testing on all animals. Theres no need for it its been proven by other companies who have cruelty free products in yr local supermarkets and many other shops alike I will only buy products including household detergents with a bunny logo. M&S do a great selection of household cleaning products which are cruelty free and at good prices, you won’t pay anymore because these products cost around the same or even cheaper so there really is no excuse. Please support cruelty free and save the suffering and pain these poor animals go through they did not choose this way of life…. HUMANS DID.

  • Emma Brooks commented on July 21, 2016 at 8:35 pm

    Just stop this cruelty, most of the experiments are completely unnecessary and cruel behind words. There are other ways to experiment without testing on animals.

  • Mary commented on July 21, 2016 at 11:05 pm

    Stop the killing and suffering of animals no more testing

  • KONSTANTINA commented on July 22, 2016 at 8:25 am

    If only humans could realise that it was them who invaded animals’ natural evironment,THEIR environment, and started building on it..If only they could stop being so selfish thinking that the world belongs to them and that they have the right to decide the fate of every other living being…


  • Janice Costello commented on July 22, 2016 at 10:47 am

    Please stop harming any living creature

  • Karen turner commented on July 22, 2016 at 11:26 pm

    We don’t need animal experiments anymore it’s got to stop now.all those poor animals

  • Rita Zago commented on July 23, 2016 at 12:13 pm

    Please leave them alone. If we need all these tests tgen we should di them on consenting humans.

  • Kathy commented on July 23, 2016 at 3:47 pm

    This breaks my heart! These innocent and completely helpless animals are deliberately tortured in the name of science and for what?! They don’t wear make-up, use furniture polish or take medications! They dont smoke, use hairspray or paints! They ARE NOT HUMAN!!
    Saying that they are needed to test human products on is bullspit!! No amount of testing on an animal is ever going to make a product suitable for human beings for the long term because the test subjects are NIT HUMAN BEINGS!! Giving them tumors and diseases in order to test medications on thdm is an act of terrorism and torture!
    The scientists get all the credit, but how many animals sacrificed their lives for the betterment of a race that doesnt even acknowledge their litte beating hearts, the fear they must have, the pain they endure and the hopelessness of never knowing love of family, compassion or mercy. And ALL AT THE HANDS OF MANKIND WHO KNOWS NOTHIBG OF HUMANITY!!
    Humanity isnt about how you treat your own race, its about how you respect, appreciate and treat ALL living things great and small!
    Everything we need to help us live better lives has been provided for by our creator. It grows all around us. If we can’t utilize what the good Lord gave us without harming another, than we’ve failed miserably!
    Scince these poor innocent creatures die for us, I would like to be the first to acknowledge their suffering and sacrifice. God bless these innocent ones and may the true progress begin when mankind acknowledges that there is always a better solution! Animals are NOT needed for product testing and development today! We have the technology and the means to create what we need without torturing the innocent!

  • Katy commented on July 23, 2016 at 4:27 pm


  • P.S.Short commented on July 23, 2016 at 9:14 pm

    To wilfully cause pain and suffering is indefensible.

  • Sarah shuret y commented on July 24, 2016 at 9:07 am

    Even if you are incapable of compassion and kindness it is very bad karma and we will all suffer for it. Please we have ‘elected’ you to do the right thing and listen. Please stop immediately and become guardians of our world and all the creatures in it. It is our role to look after the weaker beings in our world. Thank you for stopping animal testing.

  • Rozmin Samji commented on July 30, 2016 at 10:09 am

    It is awful to test on animals.

  • Oliver Craig commented on July 30, 2016 at 1:52 pm

    It is bad enough that these creatures are used in supposed medical experiments, but to use them for cosmetic tests is a true disgrace.

  • Billy Beattie commented on July 30, 2016 at 2:00 pm

    This nightmare needs to end, these crackpots have gone too far.

  • paul commented on July 30, 2016 at 2:56 pm

    Apart from the fact all these experiments are being allowed Cameron’s Government slashed the numbers of inspectors in half to save money and these laboratories otherwise known as Animal Auschwitzs are given some 6 months advance notice of any inspection so effectively there are no rules and these laboratories do as they please, this Tory Government is a disgrace in many areas but on animal welfare they really are the pits

  • louis gauci commented on July 30, 2016 at 10:39 pm

    What we need to do is to contact the elected persons and urge them to STOP this unnecessary suffering.

  • Andrea Leschner commented on July 31, 2016 at 10:34 am

    Stoppen THIS horror!

  • Meher Behrana commented on August 2, 2016 at 3:05 pm

    From the above record ,it is so sad that we humans have no value for animal life. Sad but true. We are living in the computer age, but we are still conducting experiments on animals, who feel the same amount of pain just like we humans do. Be humane. Please stop it and find some alternative.

  • Tracy Clements commented on August 8, 2016 at 7:28 am

    Let’s lead the way make great Britain great STOP ANIMAL CRUELTY

  • Douce commented on August 13, 2016 at 10:54 am

    I think brands that test on animals should be forced to admit to it and it should be written on the packagings

  • Beatrice Kubenik-Erlwein commented on August 21, 2016 at 1:17 pm

    Please…it’s time to stop this madness. There are other ways to test these products in this day and age… please stop using innocent creatures. You have no right to do so.

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