National Anti-vivisection Society


National Antivisection Society

Sir Paul McCartney and Ricky Gervais join NAVS campaign to end lab secrecy

Posted: 13 June 2014

The NAVS is delighted to welcome the support of Sir Paul McCartney and Ricky Gervais for our campaign to end secrecy in animal experiments in the UK. Together with 24 fellow celebrities, Sir Paul and Ricky have signed up to a statement calling for the animal experiment ‘secrecy clause’ Section 24 to be removed.

The repeal of Section 24 is long overdue and a growing number of voices, including the Government themselves, agree that action must be taken. The situation as it stands is untenable.

The NAVS campaign to repeal Section 24 is supported by Sir Paul McCartney, Ricky Gervais, Paul O’Grady, Chris Packham, Joanna Lumley, Twiggy, Brian Blessed, Colin Baker, Annette Crosbie, Gemma Atkinson, Meg Mathews, Alexei Sayle, Sadie Frost, Benjamin Zephaniah, Eddie Izzard, Jenny Seagrove, Lynsey de Paul, Peter Egan, Julia Peasgood, Samantha Womack, Wendy Turner-Webster, Martin Shaw, Prunella Scales, Julian Clary and Ann Widdecombe.

Over 30 organisations, companies and eminent individuals have also signed up to our statement of support to date, including Sir Jonathon Porritt, Peter Tatchell, Campaign for Freedom of Information, Voice for Ethical Research at Oxford and The Kennel Club.

In addition, MPs from all parties have supported motions calling for reform and Home Office Minister Norman Baker has stated that “Section 24 is now out of step with government policy on openness and transparency”.

Take action

  • The Government’s public consultation on Section 24 closes today, 13 June, at 23.45. If you have yet to do so, please take part using the NAVS guide.
  • Find out more about the campaign

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