Dear University of Edinburgh,
I would like to request the following information under the Freedom of Information Act:
In the last three years,
(1) total of animals tested on, including subsequent deaths caused by animal testing. Breakdown figures by species under each calendar year.
(2) total of animals placed in rescue shelters or animal sanctuaries after animal testing.
(3) total of animals sent to slaughterhouses after animal testing.
(4) Home Office licence classification for these experiments in terms of the severity of pain, lasting harm, etc. if classified.
I also request the University of Edinburgh to provide justification by breakdown of costs if the university claims the cost to provide the requested information is £600 or more.
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affected by the Coronavirus outbreak but we will respond to your enquiry
as soon as possible.
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Dear Mr Clancy
Thank you for your email of 19 July 2020 requesting information about animal testing statistics.
As explained in our automatic reply message, the University’s working arrangements are affected by the Coronavirus outbreak. Unfortunately, I am currently unable to tell you exactly when you will receive a response to your request. However, I can confirm that it is actively being progressed and that we are making all efforts to respond to your request promptly. The Scottish Information Commissioner’s Office has issued a statement about requests during the Covid-19 pandemic which you may find helpful.
If you are unhappy with the way the University has handled your request, you do have the right to ask the University to conduct an internal review of the reasons for the delay. The Scottish Information Commissioner’s guidance about this during the Covid-19 pandemic is available on their website. If you wish to submit a review request you should write to the Records Management Section (using this email address), describing the original request, explaining your grounds for dissatisfaction, and including an address for correspondence. When the review process is complete, if you are still dissatisfied, you may use the Scottish Information Commissioner’s guidance on making an appeal to make an appeal to the Commissioner.
The University of Edinburgh's request privacy notice, which describes how we use the information you have supplied about yourself and your request, is published on the University website.
Information Compliance Officer
Records Management Section
The University of Edinburgh | Old College | South Bridge | Edinburgh | EH8 9YL
Email: [University of Edinburgh request email]
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