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New figures covering 2016 released by the Health Products Regulatory Authority (HPRA) have revealed a disturbing trend of increasing animal cruelty in Irish laboratories. Read more...

In 2016 Trinity spent more than €310k buying nearly 25,000 animals and €10k to dispose of them.

Earlier this year, at the end of March, the IAVS was invited to a critical meeting in Brussels where the European Commission met with stakeholders as part of their consultation and review of the 2010 EU Directive on animal experiments. Read more...

The IAVS has criticised government animal testing inspectors for seeking to conceal their reports on research establishments. Read more...

The IAVS has strongly criticised the European Commission and Irish Government for ignoring its legal obligations to tackle the suffering of animals in experimentation. Read more...

There is now a very real hope that thousands of animals in Ireland will be spared from painful laboratory testing thanks to new funding from the Government for alternative scientific research.

IAVS response to 2016 Irish animal experimentation statistics

  • The IAVS is truly appalled that no meaningful progress is being made to reduce the number of harmful animal experiments in Ireland and, even worse, the overall severity of the experiments is actually increasing.

    Yvonne Smalley - IAVS Chairwoman
  • The increase in suffering is being driven by an expansion in poisoning tests, rising from 157,872 to 170,976 in 2016. Over the past decade, Ireland has become the base for a horrific industry involving the injection of botox-type products into mice to assess their potency. All the animals either die from the injected toxin or are killed at the end of the testing period.  

    Dr Dan Lyons - IAVS Policy Advisor
  • The IAVS calls upon the Government to end its indifference to severe cruelty and devise a strategy to honour its legal and moral duties to reduce the terrible toll of animal suffering that it permits in Irish laboratories.

    Yvonne Smalley - IAVS Chairwoman