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The latest official annual figures for Irish animal testing reveal that 139,343 experiments likely to cause pain and suffering were conducted during 2019.

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Irish universities have purchased over 46,000 live animals for research use between 2017 and 2018, with Trinity and University College Cork far surpassing the national average.

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IAVS response to 2019 Irish animal experimentation statistics

  • The loophole allowing animal toxicity testing of cosmetic botulinum toxin must be closed.

    Yvonne Smalley - IAVS Chairwoman
  • The overall severity of the experiments on animals in Ireland also remains disturbingly high, with 40,453 resulting in ‘moderate’ severity. The ‘moderate’ label is somewhat misleading, as such tests can involve poisoning that stops just short of death.  

    Dr Dan Lyons - IAVS Policy Advisor
  • The IAVS welcomes the reduction in the numbers of animals being made to suffer in Irish laboratories in 2019 - a drop of about 60,000 compared with 2018 – which is a significant step in the right direction.

    Yvonne Smalley - IAVS Chairwoman