Animal experiments 2020

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Dear University of Brighton,

I am writing to make an open government request for all the information to which I am entitled under the Freedom of Information Act 2000. I request to know the information for the year 2020 (01/01/2020 to 31/12/2020).

Did your university conduct experiments on animals in the year 2020?

If yes to the above question, how many animals were held on the premises for research purposes.

What species of animal were used?

How many of each species of animal were used in experiments?

What was the nature and outcome of these experiments?

What are the Home Office licence classification for these experiments in terms of pain, lasting harm, etc. if classified?

Were the animals used for medical or non medical research?

Which departments of your university were or are engaged in such research?

How many animals, held on the premises, were killed without being used for experiments?

If any of this information is already in the public domain, please can you direct me to it, with page references and URLs if necessary.

I understand that you are required to respond to my request within the 20 working days after you receive this letter. I would be grateful if you could confirm in writing that you have received this request.

I look forward to hearing from you.

Yours faithfully,
Wendy Park

Dear University of Brighton,

I was expecting your reply by 12th February 2021. Please can you let me know why there has been a delay?

By law I should have received your reply by now.

Many thanks,
Wendy

FOI, University of Brighton

Dear Wendy

 

Thank you for your Freedom of Information Act Request.

Did your university conduct experiments on animals in the year 2020?

Yes

If yes to the above question, how many animals were held on the premises
for research purposes.

260

What species of animal were used?

Mouse, Guinea pig

How many of each species of animal were used in experiments?

199 mice, 40 guinea pigs

What was the nature and outcome of these experiments?

The University of Brighton undertakes research which underpins the
development of novel treatments for various illnesses and disabilities
which will have an impact on improving the quality of life for patients.

What are the Home Office licence classification for these experiments in
terms of pain, lasting harm, etc. if classified?

Non recovery, mild, moderate

Were the animals used for medical or non medical research?

Medical research

Which departments of your university were or are engaged in such research?
School of Pharmacy and Biomolecular Sciences

How many animals, held on the premises, were killed without being used for
experiments?

1,273  - Tissues from these animals were used for research whenever
possible to reduce the numbers of animals used for in vivo studies in line
with the 3Rs: replacement, reduction and refinement  

If any of this information is already in the public domain, please can you
direct me to it, with page references and URLs if necessary.

[1]https://staff.brighton.ac.uk/mac/public_...

 

Should you wish to seek a review of this response to your request, please
write to Mr A Wilson, Deputy Secretary, 8th Floor, Cockcroft Building,
Lewes Road, Brighton BN2 4GJ. If this fails to resolve the matter then you
have the right to apply to the Information Commissioner for a decision. 

 

Yours sincerely

 

Rachel

 

Rachel Page

Head of Data Compliance and Record Management

 

[2][email address]

01273 64 2010

 

Vice Chancellors Office

University of Brighton

8^th Floor, Cockcroft Building

Lewes Road

Brighton

BN2 4GJ

 

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Dear FOI,

Hi Rachel,

Thank you for your reply. I am confused by the numbers.

Question two - ........ how many animals were held on the premises for research purposes.
260 animals

Question four - How many of each species of animal were used in experiments?
199 & 40 = 239 animals

Question nine - How many animals, held on the premises, were killed without being used for experiments?
1,273 animals

Does this mean that a total of 1,533 animals were used in testing/research?

Yours sincerely,
Wendy Park

Dear FOI/ Rachel,

Would you able to reply to my email of 15th February as per below?

Thank you for your reply. I am confused by the numbers.

Question two - How many animals were held on the premises for research purposes.
260 animals

Question four - How many of each species of animal were used in experiments?
199 & 40 = 239 animals

Question nine - How many animals, held on the premises, were killed without being used for experiments?
1,273 animals

Does this mean that a total of 1,533 animals were used in testing/research?

Yours sincerely,
Wendy Park

Dear FOI,

I have regularly asked for a reply to my email of 15th February as per below, but to date have not received one.

"Thank you for your reply. I am confused by the numbers.

Question two: How many animals were held on the premises for research purposes?
Your reply: 260 animals

Question four: How many of each species of animal were used in experiments?
Your reply: 199 & 40 = 239 animals

Question nine: How many animals, held on the premises, were killed without being used for experiments?
Your reply: 1,273 animals

Does this mean that a total of 1,533 animals were used in testing/research?"

Yours sincerely,
Wendy Park

FOI, University of Brighton

Dear Wendy
 
Thank you for your follow-up request regarding your Freedom of Information
Act request; please find the response below:
 
Further to your request for further details in respect of our earlier
response to your FOI request (FOI 2704) we hope the following will explain
the information provided previously:
 
We maintain breeding colonies of animals on our premises. During 2020, 260
animals were held on the premises for research purposes and 239 of those
were used for experiments.
1273 animals were not used for experiments but were culled due to end of
breeding capability, colony/surplus stock control or for animal welfare
reasons. There was an increase in those not used for experiments during
2020 due to the Covid-19 pandemic. Where possible, tissues from these
animals were used to reduce the numbers of animals used for in vivo
studies in line with the 3Rs: replacement, reduction and refinement.
 
Should you wish to seek a review of this response to your request, please
write to Mr A Wilson, Deputy Secretary, 8th Floor, Cockcroft Building,
Lewes Road, Brighton BN2 4GJ. If this fails to resolve the matter then you
have the right to apply to the Information Commissioner for a decision.
 
with kind regards
 
Katie
 
Katie Warrener
Data Compliance and Records Officer
 
[1][email address]
01273 64 2010
 
Vice Chancellors Office
University of Brighton
8^th Floor, Cockcroft Building
Lewes Road
Brighton
BN2 4GJ
 
 

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Dear Katie,

Thank you for your reply, it`s much appreciated.

Yours sincerely,
Wendy Park