Slovakia has become the first EU country to report back on the number of animal procedures it conducted in 2016.
Looking at the severity statistics, we can see 52% were mild or non-recovery, with 46% moderate (up from 27% in 2015) and 1.2% were severe (down from 2.0% in 2015).
Other facts found in the 2016 statistics:
- The most common use of research animals was Basic Research (71.3%), followed by Regulatory use and Routine Production (23.4%), Maintenance of breeding colonies (3.1%) and Translational/Applied research (2.2%).
- Within the basic research, common areas of study were the Nervous system (30%), Reproductive system (16%) and Immune system (14%).
- 99.67% of the animals used were bred within the EU
- No animals were re-used.
- 7% were genetically modified and 93% were not
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