HC Deb 09 February 1926 vol 191 cc867-8W

asked the Secretary of State for War what species of animals are being used in gas poisoning experiments in this country, and how many of each species have been employed in the research since 14th May, 1923; how many of such animals were destroyed by, or immediately after, the experiments; how many within a month; and how many suffered no harm?


The numbers and species of animals used during the period, 14th May, 1923, to 31st January, 1926, in gas poisoning experiments in this country was as follows:

Rabbits 1,136
Rats 227
Goats 58
Guinea pigs 406
Cats 124
Monkeys 6
Mice 176
Horses 5
Total 2,138
Of this total, 447 were destroyed by or immediately after the experiment; 1,132 (excluding those destroyed by or immediately after experiment) were destroyed within one month; 345 suffered no harm, and the remainder were either destroyed more than one month later or have been used at such a recent date that they cannot be classified in the foregoing categories.