School calls halt to surgery on an­i­mals

China Daily (Canada) - - NEWS CAPSULE -

Xi’an Med­i­cal Univer­sity in Xi’an, Shaanxi prov­ince, has sus­pended prac­tice surg­eries on an­i­mals af­ter it was de­ter­mined that some dogs were abused and their car­casses mis­han­dled dur­ing re­search.

The in­ci­dent reignited pub­lic con­cerns about the wel­fare of an­i­mals used in lab­o­ra­to­ries in China, where at least 12 mil­lion an­i­mals—mostly mice—are used for sci­en­tific pur­poses each year, the Min­istry of Science and Tech­nol­ogy said. Rab­bits, guinea pigs, dogs and mon­keys are all used in re­search.

“We re­quired per­son­nel to deal with the case im­me­di­ately and asked the clin­i­cal med­i­cal school of the univer­sity to sus­pend prac­tice on an­i­mals and im­prove an­i­mal wel­fare,” the univer­sity said.

A teacher said the bleed­ing dogs shown in the on­line pho­tos were used in med­i­cal pro­ce­dures car­ried out by stu­dents and were only tem­po­rar­ily placed on the roof. The stu­dents gen­er­ally prac­tice re­mov­ing the dogs’ ap­pendixes.

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