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Government Reveals Its Hand on New Animal Test Law

When laws protecting animals are updated, the usual practice is to strengthen them. But the Home Office’s just-released plans for a new UK law on animal experimentation could lead to more suffering for more animals than ever before.

Last year the EU produced a new directive to regulate experiments on animals, and that means that all member states, including the UK, have to amend their own laws. PETA worked hard to get the best result for animals when the directive was going through the European Parliament, and this will certainly stop some of the suffering that animals endure in laboratories in many EU countries. However, while it is a minor improvement to the current UK law in a handful of ways, it is actually worse in many others.

But there is no need for this to happen. The directive allows countries to keep any higher standards of animal protection they already have. In fact, if you read the government’s statement about their proposals, it looks as though things will remain as they are. However, an in-depth look at the public consultation makes it clear that lowering standards is one of the options it is considering. Inspections of laboratories could be reduced, it could become easier to get permission to do experiments and some procedures that have been illegal in the UK for years could be made legal again. And special protection for cats and dogs could be lost. While both are experimented on in Britain, we use fewer than some countries. As a proportion of the total number of animals experimented on, we use just a third of the EU average for cats and just an eighth of France’s total. Without the protections they have in the UK at the moment, numbers of cats and dogs used are bound to go up.

It’s absolutely vital that that doesn’t happen. PETA will be submitting a detailed and comprehensive response to the consultation, and it’s very important that as many compassionate people as possible also send a message to the government that animals in laboratories need more protection, not less. Let’s hope that the government has the guts and the decency to listen to the opinions of the British public and that we see no repetition of its shameful failure to do the right thing, such as when it failed to ban circuses featuring wild animals.

The consultation is open until September, and we’ll be providing more information about how people can best respond to it soon. In the meantime, please contact the Home Secretary to tell her that the government must rule out any reduction of the meagre protection that animals in British laboratories already have.

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  1. [...] breeding establishments and animal laboratories are not adopted in the UK, as is currently being considered. Please contact the Home Secretary, to ask her to tighten up the laws on animal [...]

  2. avatar Betty Petrov says:

    Please tighten up the laws surrounding animal testing and experimenting.

  3. avatar JIM STRACHAN says:

    STOP THIS USELESS AND BARBARIC PRACTICE IN THE UK.

  4. avatar Vicky Tuorto says:

    Animals in laboratories need more protection, not less. The government must rule out any reduction of the meagre protection that animals in British laboratories already have.

  5. avatar Ekaterina says:

    When laws protecting animals are updated, the usual practice is to strengthen them. But the Home Office’s just-released plans for a new UK law on animal experimentation could lead to more suffering for more animals than ever before.

  6. avatar Judi Hewitt says:

    Breeding dogs for experiments is barbaric.

  7. avatar Wendy de Leeuw says:

    PLEASE PLEASE make the laws for protecting all animals from being used for experiements completely water tight it is horrific what happens to them and they also have feelings like we do.

  8. avatar Rat King says:

    It is about time that the human being steps out of stone age and starts to respect all living beings! Considering the actual status of humans’ evolution – cruelty to animals has to be considered as a crime! Hence all testing on animals has to be strictly forbidden! How is it that for example man’s closest relative – the chimpanzee – is not a good role model in vivisection and other species, which are less close to human dna should be a role model!? this is an absurd discrepancy and shows once again that vivisection covers just the stone age conception of the sacrifice syndrom and has no value in itself! For this reason so many medicaments are withdrawn every year from the international market and people continue to die with diseases like cancer, aids, vascular- and heart problems etc. SO STOP IT AT ONCE!

  9. avatar Tanja Schwarz says:

    PLEASE STOP IT !!!

  10. avatar Samantha Whipps says:

    Cease this madness now! For this is what it is! Animals can’t speak out, they are totally defenceless and man chooses to use them like they’re disposable. The cruelty these poor creatures suffer is huge, why perpetuate it when alternatives exist. We are supposed to be guardians of this planet and all the wonderful life on it, our government if they go along with this will show themselves to be cruel and criminal. What gives us the right as humans to enslave other species and be destructive, selfish, murderous and evil! The answer to that is nothing, we have no right yet we destroy, consume and waste. This has to stop, stop murdering animals now!

  11. avatar Brien Comerford says:

    The Cameron coalition Goverment wants to make a hell on earth for the UK’s animal kingdom. He’s a very inhumane person and so is Hague and others in his coalition. Just magine, Cameron loves Morrissey. It safe to presume that Morrissey would not like Cameron.

  12. [...] not adopt lower standards of protection for animals in laboratories when it incorporates the EU’s new directive regulating animal experiments later this year. If the government adopts the directive without changes, all animals will be affected. But dogs and [...]

  13. [...] the government sent PETA its proposed new law on animal experiments – the one resulting from the long, long process of translating the 2010 EU directive passed into UK law. Parliament will only be permitted to [...]

  14. […] is quietly consulting on stripping back some of the meagre protections that animals in laboratories currently have in the UK, as it amends our laws to reflect a new EU […]

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