Ban on animal importation puts U.K. research at risk

Responding to pressure from animal rights activists, ferry companies and airlines in the U.K. are banning the transportation of test animals bound for laboratories, Reuters reported. Scientists said halting the importation of rats, mice and rabbits for medical research will severely slow down research progress, as labs will have to breed and raise test animals domestically. The issue poses a dilemma for country's government, which wants to bolster the U.K.'s pharmaceutical sector and fears that the ban will send jobs and investment elsewhere, according to the Daily Mail. Report

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