During 2008, in Scotland, 39 per cent. of the project licences granted under the Animals (Scientific Procedures) Act 1986 were in the mild severity banding, 57 per cent. in moderate, one per cent. in substantial and three per cent. were unclassified.
During 2008, in Scotland, there were 290,081 mice, 49,009 rats, 2,428 guinea pigs, 688 hamsters, 2,571 rabbits, nine horses and other equids, 4,802 sheep, 883 pigs, 6,193 birds, 383 amphibians, 184,335 fish, eight cats, 994 dogs, 30 new world primates and 899 old world primates used in regulated procedures started under the 1986 Act. No reptiles were used.
In 2008 there were no such procedures in Scotland nor in Great Britain as a whole (Table 3, Statistics of Scientific Procedures on Living Animals Great Britain 2008, available from the Library of the House and from the Department’s website at:
During 2008, in Scotland, the number of regulated procedures started for non-toxicological purposes under the Animals (Scientific Procedures) Act 1986 was 500,133 (90 per cent.), and the number started for toxicological purposes was 55,434 (10 per cent.).
During 2008, in Scotland the total number of procedures started under the Animals (Scientific Procedures) Act 1986 was 555,567. Of these, 417,734 or 75 per cent. were carried out at Universities or Medical Schools, 26,823 or 5 per cent at Government Departments, 52,100 or 9 per cent. at other public bodies, and 58.910 or 11 per cent. at commercial organisations. None were started at public health laboratories, NHS hospitals or non-profit making organisations.