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Animal testing in the Netherlands are more deadly, more and more dogs and cats used
Animals In a years time, the number of dogs and cats used in medical experiments in the Netherlands with almost 50 per cent. The animal experiments are also more deadly: hundreds of dogs and dozens of cats a year to life.

in 2016 in the Netherlands, 656 dogs and 89 cats used for experiments, in 2017 increased that to 909 dogs and 200 cats. That, according to the most recent figures from the Dutch Food and consumer product safety Authority (NVWA).

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The increase is striking, because the Dutch government for years calling for less animal testing. But in the coming years, puts the use of the laboratory animals. In 2017 and 2018 for nearly 5,000 dogs and over 2,000 cats long-term proefdiervergunningen issued. “There is broad consensus that these animal tests are unnecessary,’ says Robert Miller of animal rights organisation Animal Rights. “Therefore, the additional harsh that even more dogs and cats will die in painful experiments.’

The half of the proefhonden went in 2017 death. A year earlier this was still 41 per cent. Of the cats survived, one in three animals the experiments do not, that was in 2016 less than 12 percent. One of the biggest users of dogs and cats is the commercial proefdiercentrum Charles River in Den Bosch. That centre received at the end of 2017 a further licence to the 2,600 dogs and 750 cats over a period of five years to use in experiments.

“We want to reduce”

In a statement late Charles River – an American company – know that animal testing is an essential part of the discovery of new drugs and therapies. Also, the tests often required for new substances on the market. “We want the number of animals used or reduce,’ says a spokesman. Also responsible minister Carola Schouten stresses that animal testing cannot be eliminated.

All in 2011, Animal Rights a citizens ' initiative was 57,000 signatures in the Second Room to animal testing with dogs and cats to prohibit. A prohibition appeared in Europe is not feasible, but the Dutch government was advised the number of trials with dogs and cats.


Second Member of parliament Frank Wassenberg of the Party for the Animals, calls the new rise ‘unacceptable’. “Increasingly, it is clear that by far the majority of animal experiments never lead to better medications. The solution is not more animal testing, but better research methods, such as combining tissue culture with computer techniques and 3D printing.’

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