Ask your MP to act on an­i­mal test­ing

Buckinghamshire Advertiser - - NEWS -

LIKE thou­sands of oth­ers around the coun­try, I am deeply con­cerned that the num­ber of an­i­mal ex­per­i­ments in Bri­tain is con­tin­u­ing to rise, de­spite the avail­abil­ity of al­ter­na­tives.

Home Of­fice sta­tis­tics re­veal that over four mil­lion an­i­mals were sub­jected to cruel and un­nec­es­sary tests last year, in­clud­ing 3,554 dogs, 2,202 mon­keys and 11,895 rab­bits, many of whom would have been killed at the end of the ex­per­i­ment.

More ad­vanced sci­en­tific meth­ods are avail­able now than ever be­fore, yet the num­ber of an­i­mal ex­per­i­ments keeps ris­ing – de­spite a govern­ment pledge to re­duce an­i­mal use. It’s a na­tional dis­grace and the pub­lic de­serves to know why.

We ur­gently need to open up the se­cre­tive an­i­mal ex­per­i­men­ta­tion in­dus­try to wider scru­tiny by sci­en­tists and the pub­lic. Let’s have a proper pub­lic ex­am­i­na­tion of pro­pos­als to use an­i­mals, be­fore they suf­fer tests. This is only pos­si­ble if the out­dated Sec­tion 24 ‘se­crecy clause’ is scrapped – a

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