The Home Office published its 2013 statistics on animals used in scientific procedures as well as the Animals in Science Regulation Unit (ASRU) annual report for 2013.
The latest figures were presented, alongside responses from three leading experts who have a broad overview of animal research and could give their thoughts on the reasons behind any rise or fall in the statistics or issues raised in the annual report.
The ‘Statistics of Scientific Procedures on Living Animals 2012’ is compiled from returns provided by project licence holders. The annual report provides an account of the Home Office’s activities in relation to the regulation of animal testing.
Questions covered included:
David Blunt, Chief Statistician, Home Office
Dr Judy MacArthur Clark, Head of the Home Office’s Animals in Science Regulation Unit
Prof Roger Morris, Acting Head, Department of Chemistry, King’s College London
Prof Robin Lovell-Badge, Head of Developmental Genetics, MRC National Institute for Medical Research (NIMR)
Prof Paul Bolam, Associate Director of Anatomical Neuropharmacology Unit, University of Oxford