Exeter Uni reveals Animal Testing data
Exeter University has published a list of animals held and used for animal testing by the organisation.
The list, published on www.whatdotheyknow.com, reveal that the University held 12,092 animals for testing in 2012 and tested on 6,606.
Amongst the species used in testing were 28 basking sharks, 700 domestic chickens, 994 pheasants, and 1,572 Zebra fish.
The University was keen to stress that the animals were held for non-medical research and all testing falls into the mild classification.
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The mild category of animal testing classification is the lowest end of the animal suffering range that is considered when determining animal suffering.
This particular severity involves procedures and applications that range from the taking of a single, small or infrequent sample - including blood and urine - to a minor change in the animal's diet.
It may also involve a simple, minimally obtrusive surgical procedure such as a small, superficial biopsy. Where necessary, minor surgical procedures would, however, be performed under anaesthesia. The refinement approach for alternative animal testing methods is also observed to ensure that the level of suffering is reduced to mild whenever possible.
See below for a full list of animals held and used in experiments:
Domestic chickens: 700
Zebra finches: 66
Grey Squirrels: 8
Sheepshead Swordtail: 250
Brown trout fry: 470
Rainbow trout fry: 221
Rainbow trout adults: 130
Red tails Goodeid: 159
Zebra Fish: 537
Animals used in Experiments:
Rainbow trout: 233
Brown trout: 470
Red tailed Goodeid: 1182
Zebra Fish: 1572
European flounder: 30
Sea bass: 29
Common goby: 20
Grey mullet: 5
Shore rockling: 2
Ballan wrasse: 5
Mangrove killfish: 240
Pied flycatcher: 96
Basking shark: 28
Domestic chickens: 700