The remaining 32 puppies will be sacrificed as part of a liver fibrosis drug study in Spain
Now, a tiny minority have been granted a reprieve as researchers have confirmed that the first six puppies treated with the drug will not subsequently be killed, but will be given up for adoption. However, the remaining 32 dogs are not so lucky, as scientists claim in the second part of the study it will be ‘imperative’ to carry out autopsies to study the reaction of their tissues before a trial with people can be considered.
“These are diseases with increasing incidence – in Europe, liver fibrosis affects approximately 2.1% of the population and myelofibrosis, between one and nine inhabitants out of 100,000 – for which no data or effective treatment is currently available. “, argued the Science Park. . In addition, European regulations require that a toxicity study be carried out on two species of mammals before a drug is tested on humans, and only one of the two animals can be a rodent.
The animal testing is due to be carried out at Vivotecnia’s headquarters in Madrid in March, but the plans have drawn huge protests from animal rights groups across Spain. Not to be discouraged, the leaders of the study “exhaustively” reviewed all the documentation related to the project “to guarantee strict compliance with the regulations at all times”.
“There are currently no known alternative methods to using these animals that can replace the methodology of this type of research,” the academics insisted.
Image 1: PETA
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