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National Antivisection Society

The NAVS steps up its UK “Cutting Edge Not Knife Edge” animal testing campaign

Posted: 13 July 2011. Updated: 10 October 2011

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Cross-party MPs join to show support for NAVS campaign outside House of Commons

Today, the world’s premier anti-vivisection group the National Anti-Vivisection Society (NAVS) stepped up its campaign to highlight the current Home Office public consultation regarding animal testing to coincide with the release by the Government of the latest UK animal testing statistics.

The results show that there was an increase in the number of animals in the UK by 101,265 (3%) to 3,642,517, compared to 3,541,252 in 2009. There has also been an increase in the number of procedures by 105,186 (3%) to 3,724,726 compared to 3,619,540 in 2009.

Last month, the UK Government began the first major revision of animal experimentation rules in over 25 years to bring the new EU Directive on animal testing (2010/63/EU) into UK law, therefore providing an ideal opportunity for government to advance science whilst ending animal suffering.

The Home Office has embarked on a public consultation exercise as part of this process and the NAVS and politicians are calling on members of the public to have their say to provide a voice for the millions of animals which die every year in UK laboratories.
In a show of unity, NAVS representatives and cross party politicians and peers gathered on Wednesday 13th July at Parliament, to request that the Home Office gears the legislation to replace animal use, while adopting the strictest animals protection legislation as the new EU Directive becomes law. The public is being encouraged to take part in the public consultation process. They were accompanied by a giant inflatable beagle to help bring further publicity to this important animal welfare issue.

Jan Creamer, Chief Executive of the NAVS said: “We applaud these politicians for helping strike a blow for the millions of animals who die every year in UK animal testing laboratories by pledging their support and encouraging the British public to actively take part in the consultation.

“The Government must move the country towards modern, reliable non-animal research techniques – literally the cutting edge of science – and move away from outdated animal research. Alternative methods can provide robust, relevant and accurate results faster and more cost effectively, without animal suffering.”

“We are calling on members of the public to play their part and the consultation offers them a chance to voice their opinion on the subject of animal testing and help influence the Government to do the right thing for both people and animals – let’s have a law that is geared towards replacement of animals with advanced techniques to benefit people and save animals.”

The NAVS is urging as many people as possible to take part in this consultation by visiting the Home Office website or in writing. NAVS has also launched a postcard which includes a questions and answers section regarding the consultation. To have your say contact the NAVS today by telephoning 0207 630 3340, email: info@navs.org.uk. The consultation is running for 12 weeks and the closing date for responses is 5th September 2011.

Adrian Sanders, Liberal Democrat MP for Torbay, said: “The Government has got a fantastic opportunity to take steps to protect millions of animals in laboratories up and down the country. The final decision has not yet been made though and the more people who respond to the consultation, the more likely it will be that the Government makes the right choice.”

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