Dstl undertakes scientific research on behalf of the Ministry of Defence (MOD), and part of its remit is to conduct research into safe and effective medical countermeasures for the UK and its armed forces against the threat of biological and chemical weapons.
In addition to this, Dstl conducts research to enhance the treatment of conventional casualties on the battlefield and to produce effective protection against bomb blasts and fragments. This research has not only provided medical countermeasures against chemical and biological threats but has also resulted in changes to the management of severe trauma that has saved the lives of many of the amed forces recently deployed to Iraq and Afghanistan. Many of these advances will also have applicability in the civilian population.
Dstl is proud of its research and believes that the remit to provide these countermeasures could not currently be achieved without some use of animals.
This official response puts Dstl’s work with animals into context.