More animal tests in Belgium
Brussels – The 386 laboratories in Belgium licensed to carry out biomedical experiments involving animals used 756,715 animals last year, which is a slight increase from the previous year. Federal public authorities note that 92% of these animals were rodents or rabbits, 6% were fish, reptiles or amphibians and 2% were birds. The officials note that the number of primates used in experiments fell by half but do not give exact numbers. University laboratories account for 87% of those where animal experiments were carried out. Private sector labs use the most animals but their number represents just 7% of all those using animals. Animal rights organisation GAIA criticized the numbers as unacceptable and said this was the fourth consecutive year that showed an increase in animal testing. The organisation demanded a concentration on alternative testing.