In February 2020, The Animal Welfare (Sentencing) Bill 2019-21, was reintroduced as a Private Members Bill with Government support. The First Reading took place on 5 February 2020 with the Second Reading scheduled to take place on 23 October 2020.

In 2019, there were 3.4 million procedures completed involving regulated living animals, which was the lowest annual number since 2007. This note summarises and analyses trends in data, including the growth of universities as the dominant seat of research on animals, the use of different species, and the decline of research for toxicological purposes.