Cardiff Uni animal testing demo

Protests are being held over Cardiff University's record of experimentation on animals for research. Information released under the Freedom of Information Act revealed more than 50,000 animals were used for research there in 2011.

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Cardiff University defends animal research procedures

Professor Dylan Jones is Pro Vice-Chancellor for Biomedical and Life Sciences at Cardiff University.

He told ITV Cymru Wales that the university's animal research procedures are strictly regulated, 'certainly not cruel' and play an important part in establishing ways to alleviate human suffering.

He conceded that the institution would like to reduce the number of animals used, but said it would be 'some time' before scientists could rely solely on other methods of testing, as some remain 'unsophisticated and unreliable'.

Protest over Cardiff University animal testing record

Campaigners have described recent research involving mice as 'agonisingly cruel'

Campaigners have gathered to protest against Cardiff University's record of experimentation on animals for research.

The most recent figures obtained under a Freedom of Information request show that 51,826 animals were used for testing in the year 2011 - 43,912 of those were mice.

Campaign group Animal Aid, one of the organisers of the demonstration, has described recent cancer research involving genetically altering mice as 'agonisingly cruel and medically useless.'

Cardiff University says its research involving animals is 'aimed at the alleviation of human and veterinary disease' and is carried out in accordance with strict conditions.

It added the research specifically involving mice is intended to 'help alleviate the suffering of cancer in humans'.

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Cardiff Uni: Research aims to alleviate disease

Our research involving animals is aimed at the alleviation of human and veterinary disease through the advancement of medical, dental, biological and veterinary understanding.

All animal-related research work at Cardiff University is designed and carried out in accordance with the principles of the 3Rs under veterinary oversight and in compliance with the strict conditions imposed by the UK Government.

The specific research involving mice, funded by Cancer Research UK and Tenovus, was aimed at gaining new medical understanding and to help alleviate the suffering of cancer in humans.

– Cardiff University spokesperson

Protest against animal experiments at Cardiff University

Protests will be held outside Cardiff University today, against the institution's record when it comes to experimenting on animals.

The most recent figures obtained under a Freedom of Information request show that, in 2011, 51,826 animals were used for testing - 43,912 were mice.

Campaign group Animal Aid, one of the organisers of the demonstration, has described recent cancer research involving genetically altering mice as "agonisingly cruel and medically useless."

A petition against animal experimentation written by the other organisers, Cardiff Animal Network and Cardiff Animal Rights, gathered 2,000 signatures around in Cardiff in a day.

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