Ask your MP to act on animal testing
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 This is only possible if the outdated Section 24 ‘secrecy clause’ is scrapped – a