Examples of procedures
Procedures are classified as 'sub-threshold', ‘mild’, ‘moderate’, ‘severe’ or ‘non-recovery’ based upon the degree of pain, suffering, distress or lasting harm that the animal is expected to experience. The expected severity of a procedure is currently determined during the licence application.
Project licences are also grouped into mild, moderate, severe and non-recovery bands. As licences may include more than one procedure, their severity bands refer to the average level of suffering that animals experience during those procedures.
The bar chart shows the numbers of licences classed as mild, moderate, severe and non-recovery in 2015. This is the second year of the sub-threshold category.
Click on the boxes below for more information about different categories of procedure, along with examples showing how some procedures are conducted and why they are used.