Animal Experimentation Drops By Nearly Half In The Netherlands

In 2016 the Netherlands conducted 403,370 procedures on animals, a 15.9% fall compared with 2015!

Data has recently been published concerning animal experimentation in Europe between 2015 and 2016. It revealed that in the Netherlands the use of non-human primates in experiments has dropped by 49%, all in a one year period. Similarly the use of dogs dropped by 13% while horses, donkeys and other equines were used 31% less than the year before. Additionally, the use of goats, sheep and cattle for experimentation saw a substantial 39% decline.

Subsequently, the Dutch government passed a motion in March 2016 to ‘phase out experiments’ undertaken at the largest primate facility in Europe, the Biomedical Primate Research Centre, which is located in Rijswijk, western Netherlands.

Following this move, the then Dutch Secretary of State for Economic Affairs, Martijn van Dam, announced plans to ‘end the use of animals in toxicity tests for chemicals, food ingredients, pesticides, veterinary medicines and vaccines by 2025,’ PETA revealed.

The general public is becoming increasingly louder in their unwillingness to support businesses that test on animals. Previous data showed 72% of consumers found animal testing ‘inhumane or unethical’, while a recent survey showed that 46% of respondents supported a bill to ban the sale of cosmetics tested on animals.

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