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In one of the most appalling examples of Labour indifference to horrific cruelty, a vivisector at Cambridge University has escaped unpunished after subjecting 300 mice to illegal experiments involving the drug 'speed' (methamphetamine).

Having injected half of the animals with speed and half with a placebo (salt water), the mice were forced to endure deafening music. This experiment caused severe suffering.

Some animals died during the experiment, others suffered seizures and brain damage. Many animals displayed signs of severe mental disturbances because of the trauma they suffered.

Investigations by campaign group BUAV found that these brutal experiments were not even licensed. Paragraph 22 of the Animals (Scientific Procedures) Act 1986 states that a person who conducts unauthorised experiments shall be guilty of an offence and liable to imprisonment for up to two years.

Given that the case involved not just a formal breach of the law but the unauthorised infliction of terrible pain and suffering on hundreds of animals, one would expect the Government to use the opportunity to throw the book at the researchers to try to demonstrate its supposedly 'strict' regulatory system.
Not a bit of it. The Government revealed its true colours by merely sending the researchers a "letter of admonishment".

If we needed any confirmation that notions of "strict" regulation were hot air, then this incident provides it. The truth of the matter is that anything goes in British laboratories. The regulatory system does not act as a limit or deterrent to committing even worse acts of brutality than that specified in licences.

Government policy on animal experimentation is extreme, irredeemably biased and totally dishonest.

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