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Israel: Number of Animal Experiments Up for First Time Since 2008

A report by the Health Ministry's council on animal experimentation shows a moderate increase in the number of animals used for experiments in Israel last year, as compared with a decrease over the previous five years. In 2012, 282,538 animals were used for experiments - an increase of 1 percent over 2011 (279,608).

The number of large mammals used in experiments decreased significantly last year. The number of monkeys went down from 33 in 2011 to 26 in 2012, the lowest number of monkeys to be used, as compared with 100 monkeys that were used for experiments annually in Israel about a decade ago. The number of dogs used for experiments decreased from 14 to two, and the number of cats used also decreased, from four to two. The number of pigs raised in Israel for experiments is also declining.

At the same time, the number of rodents used for experiments has increased. The number of mice increased from 177,834 in 2011 to 194,626 in 2012. There was also a rise in the number of spiny mice. The report documented a more moderate increase in the number of livestock: In 2011, 320 sheep were used for experiments, and in 2012 their number rose to 416. The number of goats and cows used for research also increased.

Animals experienced the highest level of suffering (of five levels) in 10 percent (256) of the 2,473 experiments that took place in 2012, a rate that remained stable compared with 2011. Of the animals used for experiments in 2012, most of them (96.8 percent) were put to death at the end of the experiment; 3,516 were returned to the flock, 313 were returned to the wild and three - two cats and a dog - were offered for adoption.

Full article from Haaretz

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