Animal Experiments: Cats

Home Office written question – answered at on 21 March 2022.

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Photo of Greg Knight Greg Knight Conservative, East Yorkshire

To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, how many cats have been used in experiments in Britain in each of the last five years for which figures are available.

Photo of Tom Pursglove Tom Pursglove Parliamentary Under Secretary of State (Ministry of Justice and Home Office)

The Home Office annually publishes statistics of scientific procedures on living animals in Great Britain under the Animals (Scientific Procedures) Act 1986 at: https://www.gov.uk/government/statistics/statistics-of-scientific-procedures-on-living-animals-great-britain-2020. Data relating to the request can be found in tables 1.2. and 1.3.

The number of procedures carried out in a year does not equal the number of animals that have been used in procedures that year. This is because there are some intances of multiple procedures on on eanimal. These instances are counted as separate, additional, procedures. As a result, the number of procedures is usually slightly higher than the number of animals used.

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