Freedom of Information requests have revealed damning statistics regarding the widespread use of animal testing at two Universities in Liverpool. The statistics which will be revealed relate to the University of Liverpool and Liverpool John Moores University. The ‘unnecessary and outdated’ tests have caused the deaths of hundreds of animals. Several protests have taken place against the animal tests, which have caused considerable controversy. Please note this article contains some upsetting statistics.
Both the University of Liverpool and Liverpool John Moores University admitted to conducting research that used live animals in a freedom of information request, which has been seen by UniEel. Among the animals to be used include horses, sheep, rabbits, birds and mice among others. With these tests taking place under the banner of ‘research’, it also raises the prospect that students paying their tuition fees could have unwittingly contributed to the tests.
The University of Liverpool conducted 22,255 experiments on animals during 2016. 1,500 of these procedures caused ‘severe’ pain, with 7,000 deemed to cause ‘moderate’ pain. A total of 369 animals were killed under sedation. Meanwhile, at LJMU, a total of 57 experiments took place between October 2016 and 2017 – all of which used mice. All the mice used in these experiments died, though the University suggested that they were ‘humanely euthanised’.
The statistics have predictably caused considerable anger and frustration by many. Animal rights groups have been trying to stamp out experiments like these for many years. They have suggested the experiments conducted by these two Universities are ‘unnecessary and outdated’. The two Universities responded by suggesting the use of live animals in their experiments was ‘vital’, and helps in efforts to battle major diseases and illnesses. Both have pages on their website detailing their efforts to conduct tests as fairly and humanely as possible.
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Understandably, there has been significant outrage at the figures obtained. The thousands of cases seen at both Universities are worrying. As mentioned earlier, there is also the possibility that students are funding these experiments – which would raise several ethical challenges for students. These statistics are very disappointing. Animal testing raises significant ethical questions and challenges. Not all Universities conduct animal tests, for example, Liverpool Hope University didn’t conduct any.
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