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Rabbits are widely used in animal experimentsMPs show support for Government pledge to reduce number of animals used in experiments

A Parliamentary Motion introduced by Conservative MP Philip Davies congratulating the Government on its pledge to reduce the use of animals in research and calling for it to develop a targeted strategy to achieve this reduction, has now received the backing of over 100 MPs from all parties.

Earlier this year, Uncaged and anti-vivisection group BUAV expressed their deep disappointment at the lack of a meaningful drop in the number of animals used in tests shown in the latest UK Government statistics for 2009. The latest figures reveal that there were over 3.6 million experiments started on animals in 2009, representing a fall of just 1% from the year before. That is equivalent to 9,863 experiments every day (14,286 per working day), a totally unacceptable figure. 2008 saw a massive 14% increase in the number of animals used which was the biggest year on year increase since 1987.

In May, both organisations welcomed the announcement by the new Coalition Government to "end the testing of household products on animals and work to reduce the use of animals in scientific research."

Uncaged Director, Dr Dan Lyons comments:

"The historic pledge by the Coalition Government to take action to reduce the number of animals subjected to painful experiments could herald a major leap forward for medicine and animal welfare. The animal research industry has spent too long just defending the status quo. The Government therefore needs to stimulate a new strategy, with ambitious targets, to ensure the public's desire for better and more humane research becomes a reality."

Uncaged and the BUAV are calling on all MPs to show their support for this issue by putting their name to the EDM 435. Please click here to lobby your MP.

Uncaged Campaigns 28.10.10

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