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The UK Government and its View on Animal Testing

It has been revealed in a recent report by the National Anti-Vivisection Society (NAVS), that the UK Government should be doing more to protect animals against animal testing and experiments.

A joint letter from NAVS and fellow signatories including Animal Aid, Cruelty Free International, the Humane Society International UK, Naturewatch Foundation, PETA, and the RSPCA was sent to Lord Patel, the Chairman of The House of Lords Science and Technology Committee, in June of this year asking the committee to consider using humane alternatives to animal experiments. They responded by saying that they have “no current plans to conduct an inquiry into non-animal technologies”.

Lord Patel is actually a patron of the Animals in Science Education Trust, a pro-animal research charity, so it is no surprise that the response from the committee should be in favour of animal testing.

Over 3,867,528 animals were used last year for scientific research, with over 3,500 of these animals used in the experiments being dogs. Beagles are particularly favoured as a breed of dog to use as they are known for being small and docile.

The figures show an increase of 125 animals used, since last year.

Many of the animals used for testing endure a lifetime of rigorous and torturous experimentation such as having toxic substances pumped into their veins or being force fed blends of agricultural chemicals.

The frustrating thing about animal testing – aside from the fact that it is so barbaric – is that it is all so unnecessary. Testing on animal bodies does not produce scientifically accurate results and in addition to this, non-animal technologies are more reliable and cheaper to use.

In response to the enquiry, the President of the National Anti-vivisection Society – Jan Creamer, has said: “It is recognised that modern non-animal methods are more progressive and sophisticated than animal models, so it is a shocking oversight for the Committee to exclude them from their report. If the UK wants to be a global leader in science, it needs to commit to these advanced technologies that are better for people and animals.”

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