Medical research on higher animals declines

A total of 335,000 animals – 88 percent of them rodents – were used by scientists for experimentation last year, according to the Health Ministry, which supervises such work.

Mice and rats constituted the vast majority of subjects, while 7% were chickens and other poultry and 4% of them fish.

Just 1.3% of the animals that underwent experiments were higher animals, including 42 primates (monkeys), the ministry said on its website.


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