The BUAV responded with disappointment to the recent announcement made by the Home Office Minister, on the Government’s strategy to reduce the numbers of animals used in experiments.
The strategy document contains no specific details on how a reduction will be achieved. It is a whitewash and shows that the Government has in reality given up on what it promised to do - reduce the number of animal experiments.
The number of experiments carried out now stands at the highest level since the current regime was introduced in 1986. In the three year period, since the Programme for Government, the numbers have continued to rise, with a peak of over four million animals used in 2012.
Following the publication of the Government strategy, MPs from all political parties have joined the BUAV in calling for unambiguous targets for the reduction of animal experiments before the end of the current Parliament.
Early Day Motion 1127 has been tabled by Jim Dowd MP with cross party support and states:
“That this House notes the publication of Working to reduce the use of animals in scientific research, following the pledge in the Coalition Agreement to work to reduce the use of animals in scientific research; believes that effective implementation of this should lead to specific targets; is concerned that the document contains neither timescales nor targets for any reduction; and supports the British Union for the Abolition of Vivisection in its call for the Government to set unambiguous targets for reductions in animal experiments before the end of the current Parliament.”
Please help us make a difference to animals in laboratories by writing to your MP today urging them to sign our Early Day Motion 1127 and join our calls for real targets for a reduction in animal experiments.