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February 11, 2020 - The Brussels Times

Belgium carries out fourth most painful animal tests in EU

Belgium carries out fourth most painful animal tests in EU
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With 511,194 tests in 2017, Belgium has carried out the fourth (excluding the UK) most experiments on animals for scientific purposes, according to a recent report by the European Commission.

Across the EU, between 9 and 10 million animals were used for scientific purposes every year between 2015 and 2017. 11% of these experiments cause acute animal suffering. Belgium is the fourth EU Member State to use the most painful tests on animals, again excluding the United Kingdom, which left the European Union on 31 January 2020, but is included in the data from 2015 to 2017. 82,536 experiments in Belgium, or about 16.5% of all tests, have subjected animals to what researchers have described as “severe suffering.”

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