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Animal Experiments

Volume 464: debated on Wednesday 10 October 2007

To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department what the reasons are for the increase in the number of scientific procedures carried out on (a) goats and (b) sheep between 2004 and 2006; which establishments accounted for the greatest amount of that increase; and if she will make a statement. (154410)

The number of scientific procedures carried out under the Animals (Scientific Procedures) Act 1986 using goats and sheep for the past three years is shown in the following table.

As the table shows, the principal increase in procedures involving both goats and sheep in 2006 arose in connection with the study of fundamental biological disease.

It is Home Office policy not to publish the names of designated establishments licensed under the 1986 Act for health and safety reasons.

Procedures

2004

2005

2006

Purpose

Sheep

6,670

5,650

11,601

Fundamental biological disease

567

472

485

Applied studies-human medicine or dentistry

13,141

3,719

2,495

Applied studies-veterinary study

0

10

8

Protection of man, animals or environment

5

5

1

Education

3

3

0

Forensic enquiries

20,868

19,411

21,746

Direct diagnosis

29

59

41

Breeding

Total

41,283

29,329

36,377

Goats

322

289

502

Fundamental biological disease

43

19

20

Applied studies-human medicine or dentistry

24

8

15

Applied studies-veterinary study

4

3

2

Protection of man, animals or environment

2

11

10

Direct diagnosis

Total

395

330

549