Innovative Science Advocates Applaud UBC’s Seeming Abandonment of Cruelest Procedures

The University of British Columbia (UBC) just released statistics on its use of animals in research and teaching in 2015, revealing that 185,692 animals were used in 517 research and teaching protocols at UBC. This corresponds to a total increase in animal use of 2% from last year.

The number of animals used in experiments causing moderate to severe distress (category of invasiveness D) also increased by 2.1 per cent over 2014. However, no animals were reportedly subjected to experiments in the most invasive category (category E), i.e. in studies representing severe pain, at, or above the pain tolerance of unanesthetized conscious animals.

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