Drop in number of animals used for testing in Ireland
The number of animals used for testing in Ireland dropped by 20% year-on-year in 2018.
According to figures published by the Health Products Regulatory Authority (HPRA), the number was still almost 200,000 but was significantly down on 2017.
This is thought to be the lowest total since records began in 2013.
Most of the tests (55%) were classified as involving “mild severity”.
Mice were the most commonly used species at 75% of the total animal use.
The HPRA said, “although complete replacement of animal studies is the ultimate goal, this is not currently possible.”