Newly released research reveals a significant decrease in the use of animals for testing in the Netherlands between 2015 and 2016 - with the use of primates reduced by nearly half.
The changes came in the wake of a petition arranged by animal rights organization PETA Netherlands which received over 100,000 signatures, and was presented to the country's politicians.
Following the reveal, the Dutch Government moved to phase out experiments which involved the use of primates at the Biomedical Primate Research Centre in Rijswijk.
There were 120 procedures conducted on primates in 2016, according to the data published by Speaking of Research - a reduction of 49 percent compared to the year before.
The report also shows a significant decrease in the use of other animals for experimentation and research.
13 percent fewer procedures were performed on both dogs and rabbits, while mice - the animals exploited in the greatest number - were subject to 34 percent fewer procedures.
However, 61 percent of said procedures were classified as 'severe'.
Unfortunately, 25,290 animals still died as a result of animal testing in 2016 - having never woken up after being experimented on.
Additionally, 277,205 animals underwent procedures serious enough that they were anaesthetised.
Animal rights organizations maintain that there's still work to be done.
PETA's article covering the shift says that as long as experimenters in the Netherlands continue to use animals in more than 400,000 procedures a year, we must keep working to end these cruel and ineffective tests'.
Emily Court is a passionate ethical vegan from Eastern Canada. She is a Challenge 22 Mentor, Digital Writer, and experienced animal advocate driven by issues of animal liberation and social justice. She studied at Dalhousie University, where her thesis highlighted intercultural and gender relations. She is an established public speaker, writer, and world traveller with a drive to provide a voice to those who might not otherwise have one. You can follow her on Instagram @emily.j.court or on Twitter @_EmilyJCourt_.
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