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May 30, 2020 - The Independent (UK)

UK: Animals suffered in laboratories as experimenters broke rules in cases of 'neglect and incompetence'

UK: Animals suffered in laboratories as experimenters broke rules in cases of 'neglect and incompetence'
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Many deprived of food or water while others accidentally killed in hot-steam machine in blunders at universities and testing companies.

Animal experimenters broke either the law or their licence terms more than 30 times in a year, causing hundreds of animals, birds and fish to suffer, latest Home Office figures show. Some 588 creatures suffered “an adverse impact” on their welfare over and above that of the authorised tests, and 100 of those died as a result, a report reveals.

Animal welfare groups branded the cases “chilling examples of neglect and incompetence”. In some cases animals were killed by accident, in others they were left without food or water.

And they fear more could be happening behind closed doors because the coronavirus lockdown means laboratory inspections have been suspended.

Read more at The Independent (UK)


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