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Lab ‘accidentally’ breeds 180,000 mice, conducts unauthorized experiments

RT NEWS: ‘A British laboratory has bred almost 180,000 mice by “mistake”. It also performed unauthorised experiments on the creatures, according to a Home Office report, which highlights dozens of shocking non-compliance cases in UK labs. The unidentified animal testing facility bred a surplus of 179,546 mice more than its permitted quota of 127,600, and carried out experiments without approval from the Animals in Science Regulation Unit (ASRU)… Similarly in another laboratory, the number of mice used exceeded its approved limit by almost 26,000…

The National Anti-Vivisection Society, a group that challenges the use of animals in research, said the incidents show a failure by UK researchers to provide basic care for the animals used. Several of the non-compliance cases include failures to provide animals with food and water – in one instance, a primate was left overnight in a recovery incubator after surgery, without these basic provisions. In another case, 74 chicks died or required euthanasia after they were left without adequate humidity for some 65 hours. This fatal error was blamed on “miscommunication”.’ SOURCE…


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