School calls halt to surgery on animals
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.