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Heart of Stone: Germany sees spike in ‘scientific’ experiments on animals

The number of monkeys used in experiments went up sharply in 2017, up to 3,472 from 2,462 in the previous year, and 740,000 animals were killed in order to use their organs or cells for further research.

DW: ‘Nearly 2.8 million animals were used in scientific experiments and tests in Germany last year, the Neue Osnabrücker Zeitung newspaper reported on Thursday, citing government figures that were sent to the European Commission. The vast majority of the animals involved in the tests were rodents, with some 1.37 million mice and 255,000 rats used. Another 240,000 fish were also used, along with 3,300 dogs and 718 cats, according to the figures from the Ministry of Agriculture. The number of monkeys used in experiments went up sharply in 2017 — up to 3,472 from 2,462 in the previous year… According the ministry, 740,000 animals were killed in order to use their organs or cells for further research…

Germany has one of the highest rates of animal testing in the European Union, coming in second only to the United Kingdom. The European Commission has accused Merkel’s government of not adapting German law enough to curtail the practice. Although German Chancellor Angela Merkel’s coalition government has promised to push for alternatives to animal testing, Berlin has drawn criticism from Brussels over the rate of animal experimentation. Although the EU banned animal testing for cosmetic products in 2004, it is still permissible to carry out tests on animals for scientific and medical research’. SOURCE…

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