UK’s 2020 figures show much more needs to be done to reduce and replace animal experiments
Our in-depth analysis reveals why our #TargetZero campaign is urgently needed
- A really significant increase (375%) in the number of skin sensitisation tests on mice to 452 tests in 2020, compared to 95 tests in 2019. These tests should not be happening at all as validated animal-free alternatives have been in place for a number of years. We will be asking government for an explanation and urging them – now that the UK is running its own chemical safety laws – to ensure that no animal tests are taking place to satisfy this system where validated alternatives already exist.
- There was a 56% decrease in eye irritation tests compared to 2019 (7 tests)
- There was an 87% decrease in skin irritation tests since 2019 (11 tests)
- No pyrogenicity tests were reported in 2019 or 2020.
- 79% (1,354 primates) were from at least the second generation which means that their grandparents or earlier were wild caught.
- 21% (364 primates, all cynomolgus macaques) used came from a wild-caught parent.