Almost 100 ‘Dogs’ and ‘Cats’ Line Up to Plead for Protection in Laboratories
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Almost 100 ‘Dogs’ and ‘Cats’ Line Up to Plead for Protection in Laboratories

Looks pretty good, doesn’t it? Almost 100 PETA supporters took part in an eye-catching photo opportunity at Marble Arch in London today to demand that the government 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 cats in particular would become far more likely to be used in experiments because they would lose the special protections that Britain has given them for more than 25 years.

“Britons don’t want more cats and dogs experimented on or more suffering for the millions of other animals used in laboratories. They want fewer animals used and less pain”, said PETA policy adviser Alistair Currie. “We are calling on the public to send a clear message to the government that the citizens will not accept the laws that protect British animals to fall to the level of the EU’s lowest common denominator.”

The Home Office is holding a public consultation on options for incorporating the directive, and you can submit comments through PETA’s website. (The consultation closes on 5 September.) Although the government can retain higher welfare standards where they already exist, it is considering adopting the directive wholesale, even if it means more animal suffering than allowed under current UK law. It’s vital that government officials know that the British people won’t accept that. A big thanks to all the fantastic PETA supporters who sent that message loud and clear at Marble Arch today.

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  1. avatar Natalee says:

    it was so fun!, and it got so much attention, everyone was looking and asking about it!such a success!

  2. avatar Nicola says:

    It was good to see people turn up to show they care…. we looked great on the day… well done PETA for being so well organised.

  3. avatar Abi Keane-Atkins says:

    Wow! It looks great and it got loads of publicity. It was really fun too. :D

  4. avatar rainfly says:

    could you guys not join forces with the guys at 38 degrees to run a petition on this?? :)

  5. avatar Jeanette says:

    This was a great photo shoot to raise awareness, i felt very humble in participating, the white suit was clinical and apt and my heart was there for animals captive in laboratories. It was good to meet Abi and Alistair. Well Done.

  6. avatar L Herman says:

    I feel very proud to have taken part in this.

  7. avatar Loraine Herman says:

    I felt very proud to have taken part.

  8. avatar joanne cook says:

    well done to everyone who attended. i couldn’t be there but i have written to my MP Lindsey Hoyle. i thought it would get put in the bin to be honest. i got a really nice letter of support back from him however and he said he would pass my letter to the minister in charge of this issue. everyone can do something so please email your MP and ask them to earn your vote like i did. it takes 2 minutes.

  9. [...] The government published its official response today to last year’s public consultation on the new EU directive on animal experiments. Thousands of PETA supporters responded to the consultation and contacted the minister on this matter because of the threat that standards in UK laboratories could be dropped even further. PETA is pleased to see that the government has resisted some of the most obvious threats that the new directive poses to animals in UK laboratories and has accepted many of the arguments that we put forward in our detailed response consultation last year, including maintaining existing protection for dogs and cats. [...]

  10. [...] group of PETA campaigners dressed up as cats and dogs in lab coats to campaign for the Ethical Treatment of Animals at the prospect of weakening UK lab laws. The changes in the law would have allowed cats and dogs [...]

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