“Freedom of Information” has been brought to the fore following a case taken to the Court of Appeal by the BUAV using the Freedom of Information Act (FOIA). Incredibly, the Court of Appeal ruled that it was up to animal researchers themselves to decide what information could be disclosed to the public, even to Parliament.
The BUAV campaign focuses on this unacceptable exemption, which currently prevents the Home Office from releasing into the public domain information concerning licences issued for animal experiments.
The BUAV believes that informed public debate is essential but that it cannot happen without meaningful information being made available. Under the current system such information is being denied to the public. Effective scrutiny – parliamentary, public and, ultimately, judicial – of the way the types of experiments being licensed in the UK is impossible under this secretive system.