NEWS RELEASE

Latest animal data raises questions about why animal numbers in science are increasing.

August 3, 2016. For immediate release

VANCOUVER – The Animals in Science Policy Institute (AiSPI) was disappointed to see that Canada has increased the number of animals used in research by 24 per cent.

The Canadian Council on Animal Care recently released their 2014 statistics – a year behind other countries – and a review of this data shows that several key species were used more highly in various forms of research.

“We were very disappointed to see that Canada is lagging behind in realizing the ineffectiveness of continuing to use animals in research,” says Dr. Elisabeth Ormandy, Executive Director at AiSPI. “With advancements in science that allow for the replacement of animals with sophisticated, high-tech non-animal alternatives, we can’t help but wonder why animal numbers are still increasing.”

Increases in a number of key animal categories, notably include: fish (up 66%), birds (up 31%), nonhuman primates (up 24%), cats (up 5%), and mice (up 1.5%).

“It is time for our country, a nation of animal lovers and progressive thinkers, to invest in the policy and infrastructure that will allow a culture of humane research,” Ormandy notes. “It is time for science to respect the lives of animals and embrace the use of non-animal alternatives in research.”

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For more information:

See backgrounder: CCAC releases latest animal statistics for 2014

AiSPI Executive Director, Dr. Elisabeth Ormandy: elisabeth@animalsinscience.org | 778-928-5370

The Animals in Science Policy Institute is an national non-profit organization dedicated to advancing public education by providing information on ethics and alternatives to reduce and replace the use of  animals in research, testing and teaching by: conducting research projects into the efficacy of non-animal alternatives; providing up to date resources and information about non-animal alternatives; developing new non-animal methods; and  liaising with researchers, governing bodies and other decision-makers.