Making a difference
In the Netherlands, the UK and many other countries, there is a 3 R’s policy for animal testing. The 3 R’s stand for replacement, reduction and refinement. This means that we should try to replace tests on animals as much as possible, reduce the number of animals involved for each experiment, and make tests as […]
Many unused animals A lot of animals are bred for animal testing, but in the end aren’t used in any experiment. Often more animals are bred than are necessary for a specific experiment, as there always need to be extra animals available in case there’s a problem. It may seem like a good thing that […]
According to EU regulations, companies and institutions can’t test on animals without getting special permits. They require both a permit for the institution and separate permits for every new research that involves testing on animals. A special committee reviews every request for animal testing and judges the necessity of these experiments. EU regulations also state […]
Where do animals for testing come from? Most animals that are used for animal testing are specifically bred for this purpose. In the Netherlands, most animals for testing are bred by the research centers themselves (71 percent) while the rest are bred by special breeding farms or taken from the wild. Research on wild animals […]
Worldwide about 115 million animals are used for animal testing every year. 12 million of those tests take place in Europe, of which about 4 million in the UK and half a million in the Netherlands. In addition to these animals that are used in animal testing, there are also a lot of animals that […]
Every year, about 330 million rabbits are killed in the EU for meat. It’s unknown how many rabbits are reared in the UK for this purpose, but the last statistics from 2009 show that between 2000 and 3000 tonnes of rabbit meat were produced that year. While the rabbit industry in the UK is not […]
Hi! I’m Elise and I hope to inspire you to be green. On this blog, I share information and tips for living a more animal, human and environmentally friendly lifestyle.