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2012-07-11 09:45:15

Brett Smith for redOrbit.com - Your Universe Online U.K. scientists are conducting more animal testing than ever–raising ethical concerns over the use of them in these experiments. Figures released by the Home Office, a British interior agency, show that a record 3.8 million procedures were carried out on animals including dogs, cats, mice and monkeys in 2011. The report said that the figures were boosted by increased toxicology and physiology experiments and marked a rise of...

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2011-02-21 12:40:00

Researchers defended animal testing at a recent AAAS meeting, saying that not doing animal research would be unethical and cost human lives. The team told symposium at the annual meeting of the American Association for the Advancement of Science (AAAS) that testing on animals has led to "dramatic developments in research that have improved and affected the quality of human life." "To not do animal testing would mean that we would not be able to bring treatments and interventions and cures in...

2006-05-26 06:41:04

LONDON (Reuters) - Britain's Oxford University won a legal appeal on Friday to increase restrictions placed on animal rights activists to halt violent protests against a new research laboratory it is building. The university went to the High Court last week to extend an exclusion zone round the 20-million-pound ($37 million) biomedical center to keep demonstrators away. Some animal rights extremists, opposed to vivisection, have threatened violence against anyone involved with the...

2006-05-26 08:45:32

By Kate Holton LONDON (Reuters) - Britain's Oxford University won a legal battle on Friday to increase the restrictions placed on animal rights activists who regularly demonstrate against its new research laboratory. The university went to the High Court last week to extend an exclusion zone round the 20-million-pound ($37 million) biomedical center to keep demonstrators away. Some animal rights extremists, opposed to vivisection, have widened the protest by threatening violence...

2006-02-25 09:07:19

LONDON (Reuters) - Hundreds of rival protesters marched through Oxford on Saturday to demonstrate for and against the building of a controversial animal research center at the city's university. Animal rights protesters and backers of the controversial 20 million pound ($34.97 million) laboratory, including students and leading academics, took to the streets to air their views over what has become a highly-charged issue. Work on the center was suspended in July 2004 for 16 months...

2006-02-24 11:00:23

By Kate Holton and Michael Holden LONDON (Reuters) - Two eminent Oxford scientists took a publicly defiant stand against Britain's often violent animal rights extremists on Friday, saying the intimidation which stops vital medical research had to end. "You have to be really passionate about this to put your head above the parapet and not many do," said Professor John Stein, a neurophysiologist. "The (animal rights groups) have had it all their own way. They have intimidated people,...

2005-11-30 11:26:09

By Jeremy Lovell LONDON (Reuters) - Building work restarted on Wednesday on Oxford University's 20 million pound animal testing centre after a 16 month hiatus caused by animal rights protests. Work was suspended in July 2004 when building contractor Montpellier Group pulled out in the face of a persistent campaign by animal rights group SPEAK Campaigns. On Wednesday, the university refused to name the new contractor, the expected new completion date or give any details of the...


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