National Anti-vivisection Society


National Antivisection Society

NAVS Calls For True Openness On Animal Experiments

Posted: 6 November 2013. Updated: 6 November 2013

The NAVS is calling for true openness about what happens in animal experiments following the release of a draft “Concordat on openness in animal research” by pro-animal research lobby group Understanding Animal Research (UAR).

Although the draft Concordat proclaims ‘openness’ on animal experiments, animal research institutions backing it have no desire to remove the veil of secrecy which shrouds painful and unscientific animal experiments from public view.

The NAVS has invited supporters of the draft Concordat to show their commitment to openness by signing the NAVS statement calling for the repeal of Section 24 of the Animals (Scientific Procedures) Act.

Removal of this ‘secrecy clause’ will aid true openness, whilst still protecting sensitive commercial and personal details - presently Section 24 allows details of animal experiments to remain hidden and exempt from the Freedom of Information Act.

The Government has announced a review of Section 24 and is expected to consult the public on the issue later this year.

Take action

  • Please urge your MP to support and sign EDM 630 Open Government and Animal Experiments which calls for the repeal of Section 24 - you can contact them here and see whether they have signed here (if they have please thank them!)
  • Find out more about our campaign to end secret suffering in UK labs and how else you can help here

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