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In 2016, for example, approximately 50% of all animals (mostly mice) were used for the creation of genetically altered animals.
A large proportion of these creatures – 37% in 2016 – were also used in basic research into improvements in the health and safeguarding of various species, and applied research such as the development of antibiotics and vaccines.
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more Every year, millions of animals are used in scientific research across the UK.
The remaining proportion was made up of other species including horses and other equines (0.23%), dogs (0.13%), primates (0.09%) and cats (0.004%).
These numbers make most of us feel a little uneasy.
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