The latest annual statistics released by the Home Office show that experiments were started on 3,710,621 animals during 2011. This is the highest number of animal experiments since the current statistics regime was introduced by the Animals (Scientific Procedures) Act 1986; , the equivalent to beginning over 10,000 experiments every day. This figure is unacceptable and flies in the face of the Coalition Government’s pledge in 2010 to reduce the number of animals used in research.
An Early Day Motion with cross party support has been tabled by Caroline Lucas MP and states:
“That this House notes the publication of the Statistics of Scientific Procedures on Living Animals 2011 report; expresses concern that 3,710,621 animals were used in scientific procedures in 2011, the highest at any point since the current statistics regime was introduced by the Animals (Scientific Procedures) Act 1986; further notes that the increase is contrary to the pledge in the Coalition Programme for Government to `work to reduce the use of animals in scientific research'; is disappointed with the lack of progress being made on this issue; and calls on the Government to publish a strategy on how numbers can be reduced before the end of the current Parliament.”
Please join us by writing to your MP today urging them to sign our Early Day Motion 405 to reduce the use of animals in scientific research.