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Commitments on animal use in research welcomed by NAVS

Posted: 7 May 2015

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The National Anti-Vivisection Society has welcomed commitments on animal research made by several political parties in manifestos published ahead of the General Election on May 7. The NAVS has been working with each party to try to ensure that the millions of animals used in research each year are represented in parliament regardless of the outcome of the election.

The Conservative Party has pledged to “encourage other countries to follow the EU’s lead in banning animal testing for cosmetics” at the same time as promising to “work to accelerate the global development and take-up of alternatives to animal testing”. The Liberal Democrats reiterate the position taken in their pre-manifesto last year, pledging to “minimise the use of animals in scientific experimentation, including by funding research into alternatives”.

UKIP have pledged to keep the ban on animal testing for cosmetics and promised to “challenge companies using animals for testing drugs or other medical treatments on the necessity for this form of testing, as opposed to the use of alternative technology”.

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The Green Party has the most comprehensive set of policies on animal research, including pledges to stop non-medical experiments and those involving primates, cats and dogs. The use of genetically altered animals and using live animals for military training would be stopped. Government funding for animal experiments would end while funding for alternative research methods would increase. The Greens would also increase transparency in animal research and introduce a comprehensive system for reviewing animal experiments.

There is no mention of any policies relating to animal research in the Labour Party manifesto or its dedicated animal policy document. However, it is important to remember that Labour was responsible for the original ban on cosmetics testing on animals in the UK which preceded the EU wide ban.

The NAVS looks forward to working with the new Government, whatever the party make-up. We will push for a positive resolution to the reform of Section 24, also known as the secrecy clause, and the extension of the household product testing ban to cover not only finished products, but also ingredients.

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