Protest against animal testing

Campaigners staged a protest outside Astra Zeneca in Cheshire. It's after beagles used for medical testing were moved to the UK when kennels were closed in Sweden. The firm said animal testing is a 'vital part of the research process.'

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Campaigners protest in Cheshire over animal testing

Around 100 campaigners are expected to stage a protest outside AstraZeneca in Cheshire today.

It's after beagles used for medical testing were moved to the UK when the firm closed kennels in Sweden.

Astra Zeneca in Cheshire Credit: ITV Granada

The dogs will be used for research into conditions such as asthma, diabetes and arthritis.

A spokeswoman for Astra Zeneca said animal testing was a 'vital part of the research process.'

But campaigners want the animals freed and rehomed.

Last week, animal rights campaigners protested outside of the Cheshire laboratory.

Campaigners outside Astra Zeneca in Cheshire on March 1st 2013 Credit: ITV Granada

AstraZeneca: Animal welfare is 'our utmost priority'

AstraZeneca is committed to the responsible use of animals and their welfare is our utmost priority at all times.

Animal studies are a vital part of the research process and are also required by regulators before a new medicine can be tested in humans.

Wherever possible, we use non-animal methods such as cell culture, computer modelling and high-throughput screening that eliminate the need to use animals early in drug development, or reduce the number needed.

– AstraZeneca statement

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Animal rights' campaigners protest at Cheshire laboratory

Animal rights' campaigners put up posters outside Astra Zeneca in Cheshire. Credit: ITV Granada

Animal rights' campaigners staged a protest outside Astra Zeneca in Cheshire.

It's after beagles used for medical testing were moved to the UK when the firm closed kennels in Sweden.

The dogs will be used for research into conditions such as asthma, diabetes and arthritis.

A spokeswoman for Astra Zeneca said animal testing was a 'vital part of the research process.'

But campaigners want the animals freed and rehomed.

Campaigners want beagles freed and re-homed. Credit: ITV Granada
Campaigners outside Astra Zeneca in Cheshire. Credit: ITV Granada
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