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Figures recently published by the Government’s Health Products Regulatory Authority (HPRA) reveal that it authorised 226,684 animal experiments in Ireland during 2014. The Irish Anti-Vivisection Society is pleased to see a decrease of 52,695 (18.9%) experiments on animals in Irish laboratories compared with 2013. However, a staggering 90,072 procedures were classified as causing 'severe' pain and distress to the individual animal. This is completely unacceptable. Read more...

The IAVS has scored a significant victory after the Department of Health agreed to correct a false statement claiming that 157,924 lethal dose animal poisoning tests were for medical purposes. In fact, the tests, representing over two-thirds of Irish animal experiments in 2012, were largely for the sake of cosmetic ‘Botox’-type products. Read more...

Almost 300,000 animals were used in Ireland last year to test the safety, quality, and potency of medicines. A report from the Health Products Regulatory Authority, formerly the Irish Medicines Board, reveals that 277,559 animals were used in procedures for the first time. Read more...

Figures released by the Department of Health show 232,285 animals were used for experimentation in 2012 — a fall of 32,679 compared with 2011. However, the figure is still substantially higher than previous years. Just 38,000 were used in live experiments in 2005, rising to 64,378 in 2007. Read more...

Animals are used all the time for research in Ireland but scientists are split about whether or not to talk openly about it Read more...

A Government pledge to check that cosmetics being sold in Ireland comply with an international animal testing ban has been welcomed by animal rights groups. Read more...

IAVS response to 2014 Irish animal experimentation statistics

  • The Irish Anti-Vivisection Society is pleased to see a decrease of 52,695 (18.9%) experiments on animals in Irish laboratories compared with 2013. However, a staggering 90,072 procedures were classified as causing 'severe' pain and distress to the individual animal. This is completely unacceptable.

    Yvonne Smalley - IAVS Chairwoman
  • There are worrying upward trends in the categories ‘basic research’ and ‘translational & applied’ research. In particular, basic research into the immune system has taken a far greater toll on animal lives, with 20,044 experiments in 2014 compared with 10,796 in 2013. Meanwhile, ‘translational’ experiments supposed to be towards human musculoskeletal disorders and animal diseases have both risen in the region of 34-44%. 

    Dr Dan Lyons - IAVS Policy Advisor
  • The IAVS warmly welcomes Science Foundation Ireland’s positive response to our call to set aside dedicated funding to develop research methods to replace the use of animals. This is a first step towards a coherent and ethically-sound policy to protect animal welfare and modernise biomedical research. We will continue to offer constructive proposals to achieve this important goal.

    Yvonne Smalley - IAVS Chairwoman