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Animal experiments 'are vital'

Despite calls from protesters to end animal testing, scientific procedures carried out on laboratory animals have risen by 6%. Dr Simon Festing, executive director of lobby group the Research Defence Society, says use of animals is a small but vital part of medical research. Michelle Thew, of the British Union for the Abolition of Vivisection, says the increasing numbers of animals tested is a national disgrace.

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