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article imageU.K. drug companies more open on animal research

By Tim Sandle     May 17, 2014 in Science
Several U.K. research groups have agreed to publicly disclose more information about their animal subjects and the number of animal experiments undertaken each year.
As an example of the move towards disclosing facts about the use of animals in drug development, the pharmaceutical company Bayer has said that it used 142,084 animals — primarily mice and rats — for research in 2013.
Following Bayer's move, dozens of research organizations in the U.K. have signed an agreement to more openly share information on animal studies.
Discussing the move, Wendy Jarrett, the chief executive of Understanding Animal Research and the chair of the working group that developed the Concordat on Openness on Animal Research in the U.K., said in a statement: "For many years, the only ‘information’ or images that the public could access about animal research were provided by organisations opposed to the use of animals in scientific progress."
Despite the disclosure, some animal rights organizations were not appeased by the effort to create more transparency. Wendy Higgins, the communications director of the Humane Society International, told the BBC: “This Concordat presents a veneer of openness but it’s actually just another platform for obscuring the unpalatable truth about animal experiments.”
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