Any level of suffering is obviously a concern for everyone, but tackling severe suffering should be a top priority.

Dr Penny Hawkins, RSPCA

What is ‘Severe’ Suffering?

Within the UK and the European Union, ‘severe’ procedures are those where animals used in science are likely to experience:

  • severe pain, suffering or distress
  • long-lasting moderate pain, suffering or distress, or
  • severe impairment to their wellbeing or general condition

%

of animals used in experiments worldwide experience ‘severe’ suffering

animals across the world experience severe suffering each year

procedures involving severe suffering each year within UK and EU’

Progress So Far

51%

Reduction
IN EXPERIMENTAL PROCEDURES CAUSING SEVERE SUFFERING IN THE UK Since 2014

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THE ROADMAP TO REDUCING SEVERE SUFFERING

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Avoiding mortality

Avoiding mortality

Experimental Autoimmune Encephalomyelitis (EAE)

Experimental Autoimmune Encephalomyelitis (EAE)

Rheumatoid arthritis

Rheumatoid arthritis

Seizures, convulsions and epilepsy

Seizures, convulsions and epilepsy

Avoiding mortality

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Avoiding mortality
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Ethics

Ethics

Procedures that can cause severe suffering are of particular concern and the justification for using these deserves special scrutiny.

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