The Home Office has released its annual statistics on animals used in research in Great Britain. It shows 3.52 million procedures were carried out in 2018, a 7% decrease on the 2017 numbers.
The Association of the British Pharmaceutical Industry (ABPI) has commented saying the pharmaceutical industry is strongly committed to the principles of the 3Rs (replacement, reduction and refinement) of animals in research. All ABPI members maintain very high standards of animal welfare, complying with the strict UK and EU regulations, often going above and beyond these regulations.
In response to the figures, the ABPI’s Dr Jennifer Harris said: “Pharmaceutical companies are increasingly using computer models or cell culture to replace the animals they use in research. Today’s figures show we’re making good progress towards our goal of ultimately reducing the number we use.”