This photo was taken before two meters' social distancing rules were introduced in the effort to delay the spread of coronavirus.

Dozens of campaigners have protested in the Old Market Square as statistics show animal experiments at the University of Nottingham have risen by 25% over the last year, from 23,095 in 2018 to 28,862 in 2019.

Source: Animal Research at Nottingham FAQs

Footage played by campaigners showed animals like guinea pigs being exposed to high-pitched, loud noises inside sound-proofed cages to induce tinnitus. Mice and rats were placed on burning plates to test the non-steroidal anti-inflammatory drug – ibuprofen

We strongly believe that the animal models are completely ineffective
Jordan Candeias, animal rights activist

Ayrton Cooper, Animal Justice Project spokesperson, says “Most, if not all, of this research falls under the “basic research” category – which means it has no direct benefit to human health.  

Interview with Ayrton Cooper, spokesperson for Animal Justice Project.

Photo was taken before two-metre social distancing rule was introduced. Ayrton Cooper (right) talks to visitors on the demonstration at Old Market Squre, Nottingham.

Jordan Candeias, an animal rights activist, said, “We strongly believe that the animal models are completely ineffective…drugs tested successfully on animals might have side effects on human being.”

Interview with Jordan Candeias, animal rights activist.

In a statement, the University of Nottingham says the welfare of animals is a primary concern.  Animal research on its campus is conducted to the “highest standard that meet or exceed the legal requirements” and associated guidance issued by the Home Office.

Adding that the complexity of both man and animals cannot always be fully replicated by alternative systems, and therefore the use of animals for experiments is still required to meet specific research objectives.

Medical school exterior at the University of Nottingham. Credit: the University of Nottingham.

It also states that the University of Nottingham is committed to the 3Rs principle, which include reduction, refinement and replacement of animal experiments and have been actively engaged in the development of a number of alternative methods such as computer modelling, tissue culture, cell and molecular biology, and research with human subjects.