Occasionally you see a factual error or two in a newspaper (gasp!), but this article in the Daily Mirror (British national tabloid newspaper) really takes the proverbial biscuit. As I read further and further down the article I got more and more annoyed before my three years of teaching got the better of me and I whipped out the red pen. Here are the results:
Click here to see the full 2011 statistics of animals used in research. Note how (page 39) the total number of animals used for testing household products is zero.
Perhaps it shouldn’t come as much of a surprise, The Mirror has been posting a slew of anti-research articles – many seemingly cut and pasted from press releases of UK anti-animal-testing organisation the “British Union for the Abolition of Vivisection” (BUAV). Hopefully they’ll take the time to do their homework next time.