HC Deb 13 December 1926 vol 200 cc2585-6W

asked the Home Secretary the number of dogs which have been used for vivisectional experiments at the University College School of Physiology during the past two years; and how many of such dogs have been used for Vivisectional demonstrations before students?


1,147 dogs have been used for experimental purposes at University College during 1925 and 1926. Of this number 21 were used for demonstrations before students. By Section 3 of the Act it is laid down that experiments for this purpose may only be performed if a certificate is given by two of the scientific authorities specified in the Act that the experiments are absolutely necessary for the due instruction of the students with a view to their acquiring physiological knowledge or knowledge which will be useful to them for saving or prolonging life or alleviating suffering. Such experiments are required to be performed under anæsthetics and the animals must he killed before recovering consciousness. All but 28 of the total number of animals were kept under anæstheties during the whole of the experiment and destroyed before recovering from the anæsthetic.

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