Animal Experiments 2020

Wendy Park made this Freedom of Information request to Heriot-Watt University

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Dear Heriot-Watt University,

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 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

Freedom of Information, Heriot-Watt University

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Dear applicant


Thank you for your information request dated the 26^th April 2021
regarding animal procedures.  Your request has been handled under Scottish
legislation: the Freedom of Information (Scotland) Act 2002 (FOISA). 
Apologies for the delay in responding to your request but our University
has not re-opened yet in accordance with the Scottish Government
guidelines.  This can make obtaining some of the information a little bit
challenging on occasion.  We hope this has not inconvenienced you.


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