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I’ve just popped down, along with colleagues from other anti-vivisection groups, to meet with Liberal Democrat MP Lynne Featherstone, the new government’s Home Office minister responsible for regulating animal experiments. Here’s why:
When the new coalition government came into power back in May, our ears pricked up at its commitment to “work to reduce the use of animals in scientific procedures”. As we noted at the time, although the statement was not a promise to actually bring down numbers, it was nevertheless a welcome pledge to … Read more.
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Today, the government has released its annual statistics on animal experiments. These are the dry figures which represent the imprisonment, suffering and deaths of legions of helpless animals in the UK’s 200 or so laboratories. There’s a lot of information in these figures, but none of it can convey the pain of a mouse genetically engineered to grow tumours, the pathetic confusion of a brain-damaged monkey who awakes from anaesthesia to find her arm paralysed or the terror of a pig facing repeated surgery. Sadly, the list of … Read more.
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Anyone who’s ever written to the government or their MP about animal experiments is likely to have received a letter back claiming that the UK has the strictest rules on animal experiments in the world. As part of my job, I look at exactly how our “strict rules” are implemented and what they mean for animals – and the picture I get is often rather different.
A year and a half ago, PETA asked the government what action it was taking about certain routine animal tests that could … Read more.