Tougher regulations considered for lab animals
China is working on a revision to a national regulation on the management of laboratory animals, which, if adopted, is expected to greatly improve the management and protection of the animals.
China still lags behind many countries in legislation to promote the welfare of laboratory animals, according to Yue Bingfei, director of the experimental animals division at the National Institutes for Food and Drug Control.
About 20 million animals, mainly mice, are used in tests in China every year, he said. The Ministry of Science and Technology said other animals, including rabbits, guinea pigs, dogs and monkeys, are also used.