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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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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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