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And when they were wrong, they were very very wrong

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 to Enlarge on this article about the number of animals used in medical research

Click to Enlarge on this article about the number of animals used in medical research

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.

So please, go onto the Daily Mirror article and leave a comment debunking this #ARnonsense.

Tom

Addendum:

Looks like the reporter of the article, Nick Owens – who (more or less) copied BUAV press releases about monkeys in Mauritius and rabbit experiments – is a big fan of the animal rights group BUAV.

Nicholas Owens Twitter - BUAV