National Anti-vivisection Society


National Antivisection Society

Animal experiments in Ireland

Posted: 24 August 2015. Updated: 24 August 2015


The 2014 “Annual statistical report for animals used in Ireland under scientific animal protection legislation” was recently published by the Health Products Regulatory Authority (HPRA). A total of 226,684 animal procedures were conducted last year, a fall from 279,379 in 2013. 224,249 animals were used for the first time – 8,961 of whom were genetically modified animals.

As is usually the case, the most frequently used animals were mice. This was followed by rats (10,465 animals) and guinea pigs (2,107). In addition 69 dogs were used, 53 cats, 66 horses, donkeys and cross-breeds and 3,153 cattle.

40% of animals were involved in procedures classified as ‘severe’ and involving the use of 88,686 mice, 1,104 rats, 36 rabbits and 246 fish. Although the proportion of ‘severe’ experiments is greatly reduced from the staggering 70% reported for 2013, 4 animals in every 10 were subjected to severe suffering.

The HPRA list a number of species not used for experimentation last year including hamsters (Syrian and Chinese), reptiles, octopuses and primates.

Although some species were not used and numbers are falling, more must be done to replace outdated and unnecessary animal tests in Ireland.

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