A news release from the Animals in Science Policy Institute last week showed that more than four million animals were used in research in Canada in 2016, a 21% increase from the previous year. Included in this increase were the use of cats (up 68%), dogs (up 58%) nonhuman primates (up 53%), and pigs (up 70%).
It isn’t just that so many animals are used though. It’s that so many animals are used for research purposes that aren’t necessarily effective, when more effective and humane options exist. Dr. Elisabeth Ormandy, Executive Director of the Animal in Science Policy Institute, joined Defender Radio to break down the data, explain the alternatives, and share how everyone, from school kids to advocates to researchers can be a part of the necessary change.
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