Porton Down: Animal Experiments:Written question - 43677

Q
(North Durham)
Asked on: 20 July 2016
Ministry of Defence
Porton Down: Animal Experiments
Commons
To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, how many experiments were conducted on each species of animal at the DSTL Porton Down facility in each of the last 12 months.
A
Answered by: Harriett Baldwin
Answered on: 05 September 2016

The Defence Science and Technology Laboratory (Dstl) reports the numbers of procedures involving animals to the Home Office on an annual basis in accordance with UK legislation. Figures for 2016 will not be available until after the reports have been made. Details of the annual Dstl reports to the Home Office for calendar year 2015, by month, are given in the table below:

Species

Jan

Feb

Mar

Apr

May

Jun

Jul

Aug

Sep

Oct

Nov

Dec

Total

Guinea Pig

3

7

0

1

8

4

7

3

44

15

15

9

116

Marmoset

0

8

12

8

3

0

11

4

8

0

0

3

57

Mouse

15

449

543

80

83

50

85

213

319

505

450

102

2,894

Pig

1

2

0

0

5

4

10

3

9

8

10

6

58

Rat

4

8

100

1

0

0

5

0

0

0

6

0

124

Total

23

474

655

90

99

58

118

223

380

528

481

120

3,249

Dstl is proud to deliver cutting-edge science and technology for the benefit of national defence and security. Part of its work is to provide safe and effective countermeasures against the threat posed by chemical and biological weapons and to enhance the treatment of conventional casualties on the battlefield, which could not currently be achieved without the use of animals.

Dstl Porton Down conducts less than half of one per cent of the animal experimentation carried out in the UK. Every procedure is undertaken in strict accordance with the terms of the Animals (Scientific Procedures) Act 1986. Dstl operates in accordance with the principles of the ‘3Rs’ (Replacement, Reduction and Refinement), and has an active programme to increase its implementation. Dstl Porton Down is licensed by the Home Office to conduct research involving animals.

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