Tab Research Reveals Uni Animal Testing Figures

Tab research reveals that over 1 million animals are killed by British universities every year

• Edinburgh University killed more animals than anywhere else in the country
• Over 1.3 million animals were killed by unis across the country last year
• Science’s victims include cats, dogs, rabbits and over 950,000 mice

Freedom of Information requests submitted by The Tab to every university in the UK have shed light on the murky world of vivisection.

On a national scale Edinburgh top the table killing a whopping 226,341 animals every year predominantly using mice, fish and rats for their research.

Oxford University’s 202,203 casualties included 29 monkeys18 pigs and 43 badgers as well as 192,793 mice but at least they beat Cambridge who massacred almost 60,000 fewer animals.

At Oxford that represents a massive five mice killed for every one student studying at the university.

Newcastle Uni euthanised macaques (left) and marmosets (right)

Newcastle Uni euthanised macaques (left) and marmosets (right)

Alongside Oxbridge it was also Newcastle University and KCL who were guilty of killing monkeys.

Newcastle saw off 14 macaques and 6 marmosets whilst KCL euthanised 39 marmosets.

Cambridge killed 36 “primates” but did not specify the species.

Studies have shown that pigs are smarter than a typical three-year-old child yet 403 were killed at British universities in the last year.

Britain’s Most Bloodthirsty Unis

most bloodthirsty unis

Alongside Edinburgh and Oxbridge it’s KCL, Imperial and Stirling that complete the ‘Big Six’ of animal testing unis as the only institutions in the country euthanising more than 100,000 animals annually.

While they’re busy with that, spare a thought for scientists at the University of Derby. Whilst their day jobs don’t involve killing anything they do have 1,000 crickets indulging in a daily lab-based shag fest with the noble aim of better understanding their mating habits.

Britain’s Most Vulnerable Animals

dead animals

Mice were by far the most popular target representing over 75% of the animals being used in deadly research.

Fish came second due to the widespread laboratory use of the Zebrafish which is frequently used as a model organism in studies focused on human gene functions.

Britain’s Most Vulnerable Pets

dead pets

This will make uncomfortable reading for most animal lovers.

Cardiff killed two cats last year as part of their research. This is revealed just a year after the university was criticised for sewing kittens’ eyes shut.

Luckily for him Charlie (right) lives at Tab HQ and not at the RVC

Luckily for him Charlie (left) lives at Tab HQ and not at the RVC

Don’t worry though cat people, the dogs have been copping their fair share as well. The Royal Veterinary College killed 10 dogs and cute bunny rabbits bit the dust in 11 universities around the country.

Michelle Thew, CEO of The British Union for the Abolition of Vivisection (BUAV), told The Tab: “The details of some [university] research will not only surprise but disgust.

“Tests have involved forcing rodents to inhale diesel fumes to investigate their harmful effects and deliberately inflicting high levels of stress on baby animals to see if having a stressful childhood causes mental health issues in adulthood.

“Many members of the public are under the illusion that all animal experimentation is vital for human health benefits, whereas this couldn’t be further from the truth.”

A spokesperson for PETA told The Tab: “These universities urgently need to rethink their policies regarding animal use and align themselves with public opinion, social progress and 21st-century scientific pursuits if they are to stay ahead of the curve.

“Studying any species other than humans while investigating human diseases is studying the wrong species – more than 90 per cent of drugs that pass animal tests fail in human trials.

“All the wishful thinking in the world won’t make studies on a mouse or dog relevant to humans.”

You can see the full results of our investigation by downloading the raw data here.

  • Darlene Baneky

    I think it’s sickening what goes on these places and if I can help get these animals out of labs, please let me know.

  • maria

    enough is enough ,stop the vivicection, this is not a science ,this is another form of psyhopathy and pervercy, it is a shame to be done in univercities !

    • Stelsewhere11

      Typical retard response .. there’s a good chance that mouse etc. will save your life one day .. IDIOT!

      • Anonymous

        Maybe some people don’t value their own life over every other living creature’s…

  • Anonymous

    Hard to read, but I liked that last quote by the BUAV CEO. Too much redundant or otherwise unnecessary testing be done, but of course some is necessary. Well done, Harry. Good article. Nice to see the Tab finally contributing something of value.

  • Stelsewhere11

    who cares??!! … Dundee Uni is one of the foremost research facilities in the world for a cure for cancer .. I’d rather a fekin mouse died than my kids or parents etc. GET A LIFE!!

  • Anonymous

    This is a very ignorant article. It is dangerous to let ill informed minds exploit public belief through exaggeration and lack of knowledge. The majority of animals used will be for vital research to improve health care. The restrictions and policies on animal testing and care are extremely strict and Universities take these very seriously.

  • David Gatehouse

    Ridiculous, sensationalist, biased, misinformed ‘reportage’.

    It would be much, much cheaper to leave animals out of the medical research equation, but successive UK, EU and international governments listen to the overwhelming body of scientific opinion, which says they play a small but vital part in it.

    The numbers employed are a fraction of those used in agriculture every year (hundreds of millions in the UK alone), but breeding and research centres have to comply to far higher regulated and inspected (by the Home Office) welfare regimes.

    Reserve your indignation for the abuse of animals in agriculture, factory farming (900 million chickens a year!), cruel ritual slaughter for religious reasons on an industrial scale, the pet trade and the casual maltreatment of millions of neglected pets…. 1,000 unwanted dogs, cats, kittens and puppies destroyed every day, while the whole of the UK medical research sector used just over 3100 beagles last year!

    Do your research, get informed, get a life.

  • Thea Holly

    I’m appalled.

  • A scientist

    How would you enjoy not having blood transplants? Not having antibiotics? Not having chemotherapy? Not having surgery? Not having bone marrow transplants?

    Animal study provides invaluable sources of information in all biological fields.

  • Anonymous

    The naivety of this piece is outstanding.

    While you can never condone useless harm to animals this is not the case in scientific research.

    Harsh ethical review and codes of practice are observed that the animals go under no needless harm.

    The fact is that from the transition from bench to bedside with modern treatments animal models of diseases are required to test the safety and efficacy of new potential therapies. Without it drug development would stall. Or would the author of this piece prefer we use humans to trial unknown substances?

    And the whole euthanasia argument is sensationalist drivel. Many animals have to be killed in order to obtain pathological specimens in order to carry out toxicity tests and to see how the drugs are working.

    This is an issue that has very irresponsible reporting by the media, all of whom have benefited from animal testing through medicine.

  • Jordan Abdi

    Ridiculous article! Not only is it obscenely biased, but also misinformed.

    Mice have a life expectancy of under a year, so any that are used in research will die within the year irrespective of the research. The same is true, but to a lesser extent to the other animals mentioned. Domestic cats kill 10 times as many animals per year in the UK compared to animal testing research, but apparently only animal deaths that lead to medical advancements are bad.

    Sensational nonsense.

  • Dose of reality

    Yeah, 360 cats are run over every day in the UK, 200 cats are used, mostly for veterinary research, in a year. This article is massively stupid.

    We eat 2 million animals a day.

    Most experiments are things like blood tests. Breeding mice is considered an experiment. Also, the reporter has confused procedures with deaths. An animal might have many minor procedures like a blood test before it dies.

    If you want bloodthirsty, don’t do the research, don’t have vaccines for badger TB and Rabies, don’t have insulin for diabetes, don’t have cancer drugs, don’t innoculate your cat again Feline HIV.

    The semi-literate comments claiming that it’s “not proper science” should get a subscription to a science journal. It is indisputably proper science and scientists aren’t psychopaths, they’re the people saving millions more lives than they cost. Take your conspiracy theories back to David Icke or PETA or whatever other for-profit soothsayer you got them from and stop shitting on the people who will in all probability one day save your life.

  • Stelsewhere11

    AWWW look at the cuddly wuddly little mouse .. OH! my mum has cancer and that mouse may save her! … KILL THE MICE, MAKE THEM SUFFER!

  • anon

    10 dogs killed at vet college… ever occur to you that they were most likely put to sleep to end their suffering? it is a large part of what vets do after all… stop sensationalising things like this!

  • Samuel Johnston

    This article is awfully stupid, particularly on the comment on how awful it is to kill a pig who apparently are “smarter than a typical three-year-old child” only 403 are killed to aid lifesaving treatments whereas surely none at all are killed to fill your bacon sandwich or sausage roll or roast ham or gammon steak….
    It’s the lesser evil and maybe one day we won’t have to but articles like this just drag out cliché after cliché without looking at the bigger picture focusing only on one side of the argument, wholly an awful, uninformed piece of journalism.

  • Steve Hughes

    464 sheep killed at Aberystwyth, collateral damage?

  • Kim Wooding

    I do not agree with the use of any animals for research. Just how much research is needed. For the same thing over and over…as in smoking….we all know the impact so why continue to test it on dogs etc….

  • Paul

    Hard to believe I’m the first to comment, but here goes…

    You’re right to voice concern over the welfare of animals, however the bottom line is that without the use of animals in research science would be seriously hindered, and in many cases be unable to progress. Fair enough 90% of drugs which pass animal tests fail in human trials – but the other 10% pass human trials and go on to save millions of lives! All animals are descended from common ancestors, and so at a biological level we are very similar in the way that our cells and bodily systems function. If this wasn’t the case, scientists would recognize this error and stop the use of animals in research.

    Having worked in drug discovery, I can tell you that no one enjoys testing on animals – but not nearly as much as no one enjoys seeing humans suffer and die from otherwise preventable diseases.

    Research is carried out under the most rigorous external scrutiny, to ensure no unnecessary harm is inflicted and all work is conducted in accordance with the 3 R’s (replacing, reducing and refining animal use). Animals are always treated as humanely as possible, since highly stressed animals are of no use in fair scientific studies, and most importantly – it is plain wrong to let them undergo any more harm than is necessary for a study.

    Its easy to argue by accruing figures regarding the number of animals used in research – and appeal to people’s emotions. I personally find these figures very distressing, and understand the need to reduce, refine and replace the use of animals used in scientific studies. But it would be frankly more distressing to see figures regarding human suffering and death as a result of not using animals in research.