Every year, hundreds of experiments are conducted on animals, including dogs and cats: Until now, the Defense Ministry has refused to disclose the information but a petition citing the Freedom of Information Law led to the release of some of the information. However, the Defense Ministry refused to reveal how it acquires the animals or what types of tests it conducts on them.


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It was done very quietly but in 2015, the Defense Ministry experimented on more than 6,000 animals. Until now, this data was top secret and the ministry refused to reveal it, despite many requests from several animal rights organizations and anti-animal testing groups. Yesterday (Thursday), the Defense Ministry was forced to reveal the information due to a petition filed by the Movement for Freedom of Information.

About two months after the petition was filed, the Defense Ministry handed over some of the information and claimed “these numbers indicate the maximum quotas approved by the Defense Ministry’s Committee on Animal Experiments. In reality, a lower number of animals permitted might be used.”

In 2014, the Defense Ministry conducted experiments on 66 pigs, 48 sand rats and 634 rats and mice- as well as 30 dogs, 16 bats and 12 cats.

Last year (2015), no experiments were conducted on cats and dogs. However, 400 experiments on mice, 168 on rats, 25 on sheep and 20 on pigs were approved by the committee.

So what exactly does the Defense Ministry do with the animals? Apparently, this information remains top-secret. When Channel 2 News representatives tried to ask the Defense Ministry how it acquires the animals or what types of tests it conducts on them, they received the following answer: “We have nothing to add to the information that was handed over in accordance to the Freedom of Information Law.