The BUAV was encouraged to hear that Norman Baker, until recently the Home Office Minister responsible for animal tests, intended to:
Mr Baker said that both changes would be in place before the General Election, but with the time for that fast approaching the BUAV is concerned that this may not happen. Please join our campaign for the government to keep its promise.
Rabbits, hamsters, rats and mice have traditionally been injected, gassed, force-fed and killed to test the ingredients that go into everyday household products such as washing up liquid, air fresheners and dishwasher tablets.
Thanks to pressure from our Clean Up Cruelty campaign, in 2010 the UK Government pledged to “end the testing of household products on animals”. In 2011, Home Office Minister Lynne Featherstone MP, promised the ban would include the ingredients that go into making up the product as well as the finished household product itself.
But after years of consideration and promises the Government has still not published its final plans for the ban, or even defined what a household product is. We are now concerned they may do a U-turn which only covers finished products, making it an effectively worthless and empty gesture.
The BUAV has been campaigning for many years to end the secrecy surrounding animal experiments imposed by Section 24 of the Animals (Scientific Procedures) Act 1986, which restricts publication of the details of what happens to animals in experiments and inhibits serious debate.
Government Minister James Brokenshire recently stated that the requirements of Section 24 are now out of step with Government policy on openness and the Freedom of Information Act 2000. With no openness or transparency there can be no informed public debate about animal experiments.
Over the years, the BUAV’s investigations in UK laboratories show the stark contrast between claims made by Government and industry and the cruel reality experienced by animals in laboratories. Time and time again we have uncovered poor standards, lack of enforcement of legislation and a failure to minimise suffering.
Please watch and share our video to learn why the BUAV is calling for greater transparency on what happens to animals in UK laboratories http://youtu.be/FVtHxE7Nnsg