Friday, October 28, 2011

Animal Experiments: A Necessary Evil?

The need to use animals in experiments is a very contentious and emotive issue. Procedures involving animals in the UK have risen over the past decade to reach just over 3.7 million in 2010. Although experiments using dogs fell by 2%, rabbits by 10 %, cats by 32% and even the use of guinea pigs was down by 29%, there was an increase in the use of mice and fish whose genes can be easily modified. Despite the focus on dogs, cats and monkeys in campaign posters by animal rights activists, those creatures are used in less than half of 1% of all procedures. In fact 44% of procedures are not what most people imagine as an 'animal experiment' at all, but merely the act of breeding transgenic creatures, allowing the animals to mate as they would naturally. Many scientists fear attacks from animal rights extremists yet, as this fascinating article highlights, they are working on research into conditions that effect millions of people such as Parkinson's disease and Alzheimer's.
Posted by Astrojenny

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