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Dogs (Smoking Experiments)

Volume 888: debated on Wednesday 12 March 1975

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asked the Secretary of State for the Home Department if he will ascertain through his inspectors what happens to the dogs when they have served their purpose in the cigarette smoke inhalation experiment being conducted by ICI.

At the conclusion of the period of smoking the dogs will be painlessly killed and post-mortem examinations performed.

asked the Secretary of State for the Home Department for how many days and how long each day, both on average, the dogs now being used in the experiment by ICI are forced to inhale tobacco smoke.

Those dogs which smoke tobacco, new smoking material or a mixture of the two, do so for up to five hours a day on five days a week.

asked the Secretary of State for the Home Department how many beagle dogs are likely to be used in the ICI experiment in which they are forced to inhale tobacco smoke.

There are 48 dogs involved in the experiment. They are divided into four groups of 12 each. One group is inhaling the smoke of the new smoking material which it is the object of the experiment to test, one the smoke of tobacco, one a mixture of new smoking material and tobacco, and one is not smoking.