Many pointless, unnecessary animal experiments are carried out


Unnecessary animal experiments are very unlikely in the UK for the following reasons:

• The strict controls on animal research, in the Animals (Scientific Procedures) Act 1986, do not allow animals to be used to obtain information that is obtainable by other means.

• Research using animals is very expensive because the animals are costly to buy or breed, to house, and to care for, and the work itself is slow and labour intensive.

• Funds for biomedical research are limited, so each research proposal is rigorously assessed by panels of experts. Trivial, irrelevant or repetitive work will not attract funding.


Associated Links:

• Regulation
• Animal welfare and the three Rs

Get the latest articles and news from Understanding Animal Research in your email inbox every month.
For more information, please see our privacy policy.