Tougher reg­u­la­tions con­sid­ered for lab an­i­mals

China Daily (Canada) - - NEWS CAPSULE -

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.

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