Enough Is Enough: Latest Figures Reveal Millions of Animals Tortured in UK Experiments

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It’s with a heavy heart that we bring you news of the Home Office’s latest figures on animal testing in the UK: 4.11 million animals were the victims of experiments in this country in 2012. That’s 4.11 million animals who led lives of quiet misery, locked up in laboratories, terrified and alone.

This number represents an 8 per cent rise in tests on animals compared to 2011 – a step in the wrong direction. Animal abusers are increasing the industrial-scale breeding of genetically modified animals, many of whom are deliberately bred to have painful defects, and performing more tests than ever on mice, sheep, goats, guinea pigs and primates.

Every day, animals in laboratories are blinded, burned, shocked, infected, poisoned and surgically mutilated. It is cruel and unethical to treat animals as though they were test tubes with tails instead of living, feeling beings. What’s more, it’s bad science.

Vivisection PETA Beagle

Way back in 2002, the House of Lords Select Committee on Animals in Scientific Procedures announced what we’ve always known: that animals are “highly imperfect models” for the study of human disease and that it would be “for the benefit of science, and ultimately of human health, if better methods of research and testing could be developed”.

We’re not even allowed to know exactly what goes on behind closed doors in the name of science because of a shady “secrecy clause” that denies the British public the right to know what horrors are being inflicted on animals through the use of the taxpayers’ money.

There is a different and better way. Humane and effective testing methods exist, which can help humans without harming animals. Forward-thinking researchers are already using progressive techniques – such as in vitro (test tube) toxicity screening, “skin” grown in laboratories – to test the impacts of potential drugs. Many more high-tech non-animal testing methods are waiting to be developed.

It’s high time for the Home Office to put a stop to inexcusable experiments on animals – a scientific breakthrough we’ve all been waiting for.

Image: Jo-Anne McArthur / We Animals


  • Monika Maron commented on July 17, 2013 at 9:25 am

    Please stop this hell!

  • natalie commented on July 17, 2013 at 9:26 am

    STOP THIS NOW!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

  • anna pasicznyk commented on July 17, 2013 at 9:26 am

    Its cruel and should be stopped

  • stephanie chipp commented on July 17, 2013 at 9:27 am

    stop testing on animals!! they cant say no for themselves but you can see by thwre eyes they want to say no!! if people were desperate for no makeup , medications etc let people get tested themselves!!!!!! ITS CRUELTY TO ANIMALS

  • kelly commented on July 17, 2013 at 9:27 am

    please stop. we dont need to put these animals through this horrendous pain and suffering! :-(

  • rebecca finn commented on July 17, 2013 at 9:28 am

    I cannot find the petition!

  • JAN HUGHES commented on July 17, 2013 at 9:28 am

    Unnecessary experiments on animals is CRUEL and should be immediately stopped! They feel pain just as we do……it’s heartbreaking to think this still goes on in so called civilised societies!!

  • Henry commented on July 17, 2013 at 9:28 am

    This is really upsetting to hear, one day people will realise just how cruel people can be.

  • Gillian Young commented on July 17, 2013 at 9:29 am

    Animals have souls too! please develop your conscience…..

  • Sue Heeley commented on July 17, 2013 at 9:29 am

    Animals have no voice, no choice. They do not have our intelligence, but they do experience agony, and terror. I am ashamed to live in a country that tortures defenceless animals behind locked doors, in secrecy, and on a huge scale. Child killers who start young by torturing animals make the news headlines because what they do is wrong, and shocking. Yet scientists who torture animals in labs are condoned for their research and good work. It weighs very heavily on my conscience, and always has done over the decades of my lifetime. I hope to see an end to it before I die.

  • moira reid commented on July 17, 2013 at 9:29 am

    this is dispicable, they dont deserve this, theres plenty of scum in our prisons do it to them, animals are loyal, and loving they look to us for love friendship and care, what kind of heartless humans are they to do this. please stop this now.

    • Toni commented on July 17, 2013 at 1:19 pm

      Very well said, I have been saying exactly the same for years… If only!

  • Jane Williams commented on July 17, 2013 at 9:31 am

    Just heartbreaking! Who made us God? :(

  • Rachel commented on July 17, 2013 at 9:32 am

    This is absolutely disgusting!!! If only there was a way of helping those poor animals. I would take them all in a heartbeat if I could :(

  • Kirstie Francis commented on July 17, 2013 at 9:33 am

    Do animals not feel pain??? They don’t get to yell help, or it hurts or please stop! Or even why do this to me!! It is cruel and needs to stop!

  • sheila gilroy commented on July 17, 2013 at 9:35 am

    there must be other ways surely, than cruelty to animals, its sooo awful to put them through pain and discomfort.. stop this now , and yes as another person has said , develop your conscience..

  • Chrissie McCall commented on July 17, 2013 at 9:35 am

    It’s barbaric, unnecessary and totally unacceptable. There is no excuse

  • Martine Macmillan commented on July 17, 2013 at 9:37 am

    Animals have just as much right to live free of pain and fear as humans have, moreover we do not have ‘dominion’ over them to do as we please with them. Stop this now! Someone, can’t remember who unfortunately. said that the mark of a civilised society is shown in the way it treats its animals….

  • Rose81 commented on July 17, 2013 at 9:39 am

    People could help a lot only with getting rid of all the products which are tested on animals, then companies would not have the courage to continue this bastard cruelty any more. I have done that, it does not take long time and is a really good feeling. Come on people, support innocent animals with buying only cruelty-free cosmetics, detergents, medicines, and all kind of supplements!! There are many many of choices now and just improving!

  • L arnold commented on July 17, 2013 at 9:41 am

    Disgusting has to be stopped!!

  • Katherine Hart commented on July 17, 2013 at 9:48 am

    Around the world we prosecute people who hurt animals and yet we allow this cruel and barbaric testing to carry on in the name of science…it’s time for us to acknowledge the cruelty involved and the suffering that this animals endure daily and make it STOP.

  • Tina Burke commented on July 17, 2013 at 9:50 am

    What gives humans the right to do this to animals, there must be other ways, please stop…

  • Claire commented on July 17, 2013 at 9:55 am

    Please stop this cruelty, who the hell do these humans think they are putting these beautiful defenceless animals through so much pain and suffering?? :,( It makes me feel physically sick. Leave them alone!! The people who condone this will go straight to hell, there is no place on earth for these acts!!

  • Mr. Daren Lloyd commented on July 17, 2013 at 10:08 am

    This should never happen …. I despise all experiments , other than those for Cancer research and similar things that are absolutely necessary . In an ideal world courts would impose the tests as a condition to avoid execution for paedophiles and child molesters :( … what a sad world we live in today !

  • julia commented on July 17, 2013 at 10:09 am

    just cos they cant that t tell you verbally that they are suffering DONT MEAN THEY ARE NOT grrrrrrrrrrrrrr makes me so angry and sad that humans think they got the god given right to hurt these poor animals…

  • Marilyn Erb commented on July 17, 2013 at 10:10 am

    Torturing a living being is wrong, for whatever reason. Live & let live, in peace. This is the world I fear I will not see in my lifetime, but it will never stop me trying.

  • Anne Leith commented on July 17, 2013 at 10:13 am


  • Malvina Slade commented on July 17, 2013 at 10:15 am

    This is surely must stop, this is cruel and barbaric where is our humanity

  • Linda Ågren commented on July 17, 2013 at 10:16 am

    This is qruelty!!! Stop it now!!!

  • Sylvia Vavasour commented on July 17, 2013 at 10:16 am

    Vivisection is greed There are so many alternatives available in this day & age. Vivisection should be abolished & against the law globally.I will never be silent I will fight on every day to help as much as i can to end this horror.

  • Natasha K commented on July 17, 2013 at 10:26 am

    There is absolutely no justification for these animal torture/death camps to exist which needlessly inflict so much untold pain and suffering on countless sentient beings, whilst there are so many humane alternative testing methods that can be used.

  • Ann Abraham commented on July 17, 2013 at 10:27 am

    Please stop this its so cruel no need to make poor gods creatures suffer hiw could you thus has to stop now now now

  • Maggie Cranfield commented on July 17, 2013 at 10:46 am

    It’s out dated, there are far more modern techniques to help others, so there fore, this just makes it cruelty for some ones pleasure..stop the madness, this shouldn’t be like this in this day and age.

  • Suzi B commented on July 17, 2013 at 11:00 am

    In this day and age this is barbaric and a horrendous and cruel fate for these poor innocent animals. Something must be done to stop this :(

  • tina fieldhouse commented on July 17, 2013 at 11:10 am

    this is so wrong why do people do this to them ,please,please,stop this cruel .you got to help ,get it stop, animal feel plan like we do, they need love lots of love this please help them now

  • tina fieldhouse commented on July 17, 2013 at 11:14 am

    please stop this crueler ,this so wrong what they are doing to this animal.they need love not pain ,what wrong with this world,so much animal crueler going so wrong,please help them by getting stop now.

  • Sharon williams commented on July 17, 2013 at 11:37 am

    This should not still be happening! Animals should have rights by law as they are living creatures too. So sad to see this. Shame on you all for continuing with these horrific acts!!!

  • Sam commented on July 17, 2013 at 11:39 am

    This day and age, this should not be happening!!!!!

  • Lily marshall commented on July 17, 2013 at 11:50 am

    This has to stop right now, no animal experiments can be justified.

  • Muriel Gibson commented on July 17, 2013 at 11:50 am

    In another life the experimenters could be the ones in the cages. I hope this might deter them.

  • jacqueline palfreman commented on July 17, 2013 at 11:50 am

    this is barbaric and futile, STOP this now, no more, enough animals have suffered needlessly, how much longer must this go on, its laziness and apathy. get off you butts and HELP STOP THIS.

  • Vanessa Evans commented on July 17, 2013 at 12:06 pm

    This makes me sick . Not in my name

  • tina commented on July 17, 2013 at 12:12 pm


  • elodie commented on July 17, 2013 at 12:21 pm

    This has to stop once and for all!!!!!

  • Susan Tubb commented on July 17, 2013 at 12:25 pm

    Please stop experiments on animals, they do not deserve to suffer.
    Use the prisoners that are in for life.

  • victor commented on July 17, 2013 at 12:25 pm


  • Fiona McLean commented on July 17, 2013 at 12:42 pm

    Stop playing GOD with other species, it’s bad enough we abuse our own, Animal Testing is totally unnecessary – results on animals are not the same as on humans so is just cruelty in a legalised form, abuse of living creatures is wrong and the attempts at justification of this are pathetic.

  • Lorraine Wilmot commented on July 17, 2013 at 1:14 pm

    This needs to stop…NOW!
    The human race has no right to make the other species which also dwell upon this Earth, do his bidding. These experiments show how evil the human race has become!

  • JAN HALES commented on July 17, 2013 at 1:23 pm


  • r mitchell commented on July 17, 2013 at 1:25 pm

    Stop this NOW !

  • linda Baller commented on July 17, 2013 at 1:34 pm

    please do get this horrible torture STOPPED!!!!!!!!!!!!!! NOW!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

  • Raphael commented on July 17, 2013 at 1:46 pm

    stop this hell now it’s vile, not needed and an absoloute disgrace that they use taxpayers money to fund one of the worst most evil acts the world could see

  • Lara Phillips commented on July 17, 2013 at 2:07 pm

    Humans are evil!! Why do we think its ok to inflict pain and misery!!!

  • Shweta Rana commented on July 17, 2013 at 2:11 pm

    Please stop this atrocity asap !!!!

  • Shweta Rana commented on July 17, 2013 at 2:12 pm

    Please stop this atrocity asap !!!

  • Patrycja commented on July 17, 2013 at 2:22 pm

    Please stop the cruelty, STOP testing on animals!

  • Ian Yarrow commented on July 17, 2013 at 3:16 pm

    Do these tests on convicted terrorists, rapist, paedophiles, murderers etc, not on decent animals!

  • Marion Marin commented on July 17, 2013 at 6:22 pm

    His name was ‘Louis’
    Remember his name
    Remember his picture
    Remember his heartrending story

  • janine commented on July 17, 2013 at 6:31 pm

    Use murderers or child molesters….they deserve it.

  • carolynn wentworth commented on July 17, 2013 at 6:55 pm

    No one should ever be allowed to hurt any animal !!!!!!!!

  • Malgorzata bojczuk commented on July 17, 2013 at 7:04 pm

    Horiffic!! Pls stop this!!!!!

  • janet macdonald-jarrett commented on July 17, 2013 at 7:16 pm

    why do we still test on animals,its a known fact that they do not react the same way to drugs as humans do, so why can some companies make products and have no need to animal test while there area still so many that do.

  • Lyn Hibbett commented on July 17, 2013 at 7:32 pm

    It’s way past time for this to be stopped. Those poor helpless animals

  • Penny Walters commented on July 17, 2013 at 7:50 pm

    Breaks my heart & I don’t know how the people who conduct these experiments can actually do it. I agree with other comment son here about experimenting on murderers, paedos, rapists etc

  • Lorraine commented on July 17, 2013 at 8:51 pm

    …draconian and un-necessary suffering to these poor creatures….use Ian Brady instead!

  • Ann Jeeves commented on July 17, 2013 at 8:56 pm

    It is about time the government stepped up and stopped this cruel and bizarre business which has not a lot to do with human medicine, The cruel and wicked people wno do this should experiment on themselves, instead of taking advantage of poor animals who cannot fight back, this world has enough cruel people in it without committing this cruelty so called legally. 2013 ? – we have been going backwards for years now in so many ways !

  • Mikayel commented on July 17, 2013 at 9:00 pm

    The more animals get tortured, the closer human is to annihilation.

  • kelly sinclair commented on July 17, 2013 at 9:08 pm


  • EuropeLovesLife commented on July 17, 2013 at 9:19 pm

    About VIVISECTION topic, get a look to ‘STOP VIVISECTION’, 2013 official european initiative.
    It requests to the European Parliament the abolition of animal experimentation and the obligation to use alternative methods all over Europe.
    This remarkable initiative needs to collect 1 million signs of european citizens by November, 1st.
    Informations and signs on http://www.stopvivisection.eu
    Time is running out, share this link as more as possible to give a chance to this challenge.

  • linda bromley commented on July 17, 2013 at 9:28 pm

    this has to stop, we cannot keep torturing animals in this way, i have been petitioning for this to stop for 40 years and its still going on, how much more pain do you want to inflict ?????

  • Kate Nye commented on July 17, 2013 at 9:42 pm

    This is bad science. It is also immoral and extremely cruel. People who believe that drugs need to be tested on animals before they can be given to humans should remember that thalidomide was tested on animals! As I said BAD SCIENCE!

  • EuropeLovesLife commented on July 17, 2013 at 9:43 pm

    If you are european citizens you can sign on stopvivisection.eu
    Stop Vivisection is not a petition, it is a people initiative officially registered and if it reaches 1 million signs it could make the difference at the European Parliament.
    Take a minute to visit the web site.

  • julia michell commented on July 17, 2013 at 10:03 pm

    stop it, there are non animal method available, no one has the right to abuse animals

  • L Nicoll commented on July 17, 2013 at 10:29 pm

    No one has the right to breed animals just so they can use them for cruel experiments.

  • Josephine Warnock commented on July 17, 2013 at 10:30 pm

    No one has got the right to use animals in this way. Its cruel and unnecessary. There are lots of other methods that can be used. Those animals are Gods creatures and should be treated with respect.

  • Hetty commented on July 18, 2013 at 12:01 am

    Very sad indeed, don’t see it getting any better with a tories led regime, they even want to kill badgers etc…

  • Julie Blsck commented on July 18, 2013 at 7:51 am

    Stop it simple as that , we are supposed to be the most advanced animal on earth perhaps we should start behaving like its,

  • Judy Yacoub commented on July 18, 2013 at 9:22 am

    The present government’s record on animal welfare is shameful. I have written to my MP before and his party’s response (he apparently did not have one of his own) was evasive, misleading and unacceptable. Stop this barbarism now.

  • Diane Davis commented on July 18, 2013 at 11:39 am

    Testing should be done on convicted murderers, paedophiles, rapists and people who are cruel to animals.

    How the people who do this for a living sleep at night is beyond my comprehension.

  • Jan Parkinson commented on July 18, 2013 at 11:40 am

    Stop this now this is 2013 there is no need for it stop stop stop

  • Clare Silvester commented on July 18, 2013 at 12:02 pm

    Animals should not be treated in this way and we have no right to do this to them. I can’t believe in this day and age that experimenting on animals still carries on when science has evolved to the extent it has and there are surely other options. People who experiment on animals or abuse animals are the vilest people on the planet and something needs to be done about it.

  • Linda Perkins commented on July 18, 2013 at 5:04 pm

    No one as the right to experiment on dumb animals, time to unite and stop this abuse.

  • Ben & Judy Rose commented on July 18, 2013 at 6:00 pm

    Animal cruelty is always abhorrent, even if it’s cloaked in ‘medical research’ -speak. It is totally unnecessary and just goes to prove (once again) man’s inhumanity to living creatures.

  • Kim Lillington commented on July 18, 2013 at 8:02 pm

    How can this still be happening, surely modern technology can produce better results than this cruelty :(

  • edi commented on July 18, 2013 at 10:31 pm

    This should stop now

  • JUDITH MOTTERSHEAD commented on July 19, 2013 at 7:54 am


  • EuropeLovesLife commented on July 19, 2013 at 6:41 pm

    Each european citizen can say NO to vivisection by signing on http://www.stopvivisection.eu, 1 million of signs are needed by November 1st.
    It is not a petition, it is a official european initiative.

  • john commented on July 21, 2013 at 9:56 pm

    you all complain but im sure you all take the essential life saving medicines and surgical that the doctors and researchers have created using animals. Ultimately until there is a better way of doing it, it will continue to happen because the world, quite rightly, puts more value on human lives than chimps or mice

  • vicki ginoli commented on August 8, 2013 at 4:31 pm

    Animal testing is barbaric and should be abolished – if these so-called scientists want answers to things – that, by the way, they can get by using other forms of of data like computers, etc – why don’t they poke and prod each other – the big strong men and women that find it so easy to tortore another living creature who can not help themselves – should find it easy to put themselves “under the microscope”, by doing every thing they do the the animals to themselves – of course, in the name of science!!!



  • Aslı Tekbaş commented on August 8, 2013 at 6:26 pm

    I beg you, stop no longer ………..

  • jeannette marriott commented on August 8, 2013 at 10:07 pm

    These cruel experiments have to stop. No animal should be suffering in this day and age, when their are other ways of testing. Goverments have to start being open about what is happening in labs. More so all labs have to stop repeating the same experiments over and over again. Animals do not have the same reactions to drugs etc as humans!!!

  • gillian webster commented on August 11, 2013 at 6:12 pm

    why cant we stop trade with china hit them in the pockets where it hurts and have secret visits on these labs and get celebs to back us up closing all these prisons of hell for our animals its on my mind all the time somebody should go and rescue them and experiment on these people

  • A.van Son Baljer commented on September 25, 2013 at 2:18 pm

    Is het in deze tijd nog nodig om vivisectie te doen op dieren?
    Het moet toch anders kunnen. Er zijn toch wel andere manieren te bedenken. Kom op nou. We maken reizen naar de maan en binnenkort naar mars. Het is niet meer van deze tijd. Stop de vivisectie nu!

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