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580 experiments on living animals in Ireland in 1916
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580 experiments on living animals in Ireland in 1916

Dublin, 6 August 1917 - The surgeon R.F. Tobin has reported that the number of experiments on living animals in Ireland numbered 580 last year.

The experiments were carried out under license by an Act of Parliament. In 85 cases the purpose of the research was physiological, in 93 the object was pathological, and 402 had a therapeutic aim.

Defending the manner in which the work was undertaken, Mr Tobin stressed his confidence ‘that the holders of licences have obeyed the spirit, as well as the letter, of the act, and that experiments have not been unnecessarily multiplied’.

[Editor's note: This is an article from Century Ireland, a fortnightly online newspaper, written from the perspective of a journalist 100 years ago, based on news reports of the time.]


Century Ireland

The Century Ireland project is an online historical newspaper that tells the story of the events of Irish life a century ago.