Animal Testing ‘Secrecy Clause’ Section 24 Could Be Scrapped

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Section 24 animal testing consultation launchedA step in the right direction! The UK government has just launched a public consultation to lift the veil of secrecy surrounding animal testing.

Section 24 of the Animals (Scientific Procedures) Act 1986 not only makes it illegal for information about animal experiments to enter the public domain, providing animal experimenters with a cloak of secrecy to hide behind, but also leads to wasteful, poorly conducted studies which delay medical progress and actually endanger human lives.

Every day, 11,000 animals are subjected to abuse and suffering in British laboratories that would be illegal if they took place in any other context. They are poisoned, surgically mutilated, starved, “stressed”, infected with deadly diseases or electrocuted. At the end of the experiments, all of them die – alone and afraid.

Members of the public have a right to know what is being done to animals in their name and with their taxes. Freedom of access to information is an essential part of the democratic process and the only means by which research can be properly scrutinised in order to ensure the best possible outcome for people and animals.

More than 17,000 concerned PETA supporters wrote to the Home Office, asking for the secrecy clause to be abolished. Now, thanks to your efforts, we’re a step closer to making it happen – and to fewer animals being tortured behind closed doors in UK laboratories.

We’ll be posting more information about the consultation and letting you know the best way to help very soon, so please watch this space!

Image: Jo-Anne McArthut / WeAnimals.org

Comments

  • joseph Birrel commented on May 2, 2014 at 9:00 pm

    Finally, they started to take appropriate actions inside Uk government. We can understand what is going on about this despicable practice.

  • May commented on May 4, 2014 at 3:50 pm

    Stop abusing animals!!!!!!!!

  • Antonia Derdevanis commented on May 4, 2014 at 4:00 pm

    Please stop animal testing, animal abuse, torture.
    Antonia

  • Teresa Franklin commented on May 4, 2014 at 4:01 pm

    All animal testing should now stop. There has been enough time and dead animals to know what we need to know!!! I’d live without anything for animal testing to stop!!! FULL STOP

  • Leigh Brownsmith commented on May 4, 2014 at 4:03 pm

    We want the secrecy lifted and want to know exactly
    what our tax is being spent on with regards to animal testing
    in this country. This has got to stop. We are better than that!!!
    We are not prepared to allow this kind of torture and cruelty to carry
    On behind closed doors any longer. The public deserve to know
    What is being done!!! Barbaric procedures that must end!!!

  • Carole Hunter commented on May 4, 2014 at 4:05 pm

    I would be grateful if you would stop experimenting on animals once and for all.

  • Debra Dewey commented on May 4, 2014 at 4:05 pm

    Stop testing on innocent animals. Test on criminals.

  • manreet commented on May 4, 2014 at 4:07 pm

    please stop torturing poor animals…they cant speak for themselves ..that doesnt mean we should be so cruel to them…please have fear of God…

  • Diana Laura Molina Sánchez commented on May 4, 2014 at 4:11 pm

    I just want PETA to know that in some places of China like Pekin, are selling key chains with living animals inside! you must do something with that, it is unhuman to have living animals like turtles or fishes in a little key chain with almost nothing of oxigen and living a burning hell with such a tiny space with its poop inside

  • Lindsay Broadley commented on May 4, 2014 at 4:16 pm

    Please scrap this policy. What are they hiding?

  • Kalliopi Mangou commented on May 4, 2014 at 4:16 pm

    Animals use in the laboratories, ought to be scrapped straight away..AND made illegal…

  • Marilyn O'Loughlin commented on May 4, 2014 at 4:16 pm

    Sick and disgusting to even think of testing on any creature. Waste of time and cruel!

  • wayde duncan-smith commented on May 4, 2014 at 4:21 pm

    This is for the history books

  • emma.kemp commented on May 4, 2014 at 4:24 pm

    Secrecy clause needs abolished immediately

  • nelam commented on May 4, 2014 at 4:38 pm

    End animals suffering

  • Line Ringgaard commented on May 4, 2014 at 4:41 pm

    STOP animal testing!

  • Linzi Burgess commented on May 4, 2014 at 4:51 pm

    Please get rid of section 24. Please think of those poor animals!!

  • Hazel Dennis commented on May 4, 2014 at 4:54 pm

    Stop the testing on innocents

  • Bethany cairn commented on May 4, 2014 at 4:55 pm

    You sick bastards these poor animals die alone and scared you should be tested on. See how it feels to be alone, cadged and forcefully tortured!!!

  • Elizabeth O'keefe commented on May 4, 2014 at 4:57 pm

    Let’s lift the world lid on animal abuse

  • richard commented on May 4, 2014 at 4:59 pm

    animals abuse in laboratorys should be stopped those animals suffer its about time that something justice or whoever should be done to stop this

  • Christina Abbott commented on May 4, 2014 at 5:00 pm

    This is the 21 century
    You will all face judgement for your behaviour towards
    Animals ! Is this the kind of person you wanted to be in life???
    Do you think your grandchildren would be proud?

    This is a deep moral issue!
    Please please stop !!!

    May god have mercy in all

  • Lyne Côté commented on May 4, 2014 at 5:02 pm

    STOP GANG OF EVIL SENSELESS DEVIL THAT YOU ARE !!! GRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRR :'( </3

  • sandra Blakebrough commented on May 4, 2014 at 5:12 pm

    Vile people need to know about the suffering of creatures……We do not have the right to inflict pain!!!! We need to know what experiments are done in our name.

  • PETER ALLUM commented on May 4, 2014 at 5:46 pm

    PLEASE END THE SECRECY AROUND ANIMAL EXPERIMENTATION.ONLY THEN CAN WE BE SURE HOW ANIMALS ARE TREATED IN LABORATORIES AND UNIVERSITIES THROUGHOUT THE COUNTRY.
    THANK YOU

  • Charlie Jaggers commented on May 4, 2014 at 5:51 pm

    This is unnecessary and completely disgusting!

  • Lucy commented on May 4, 2014 at 6:22 pm

    Animals have rights too, they have emotions, they can feel pain. Any human that can ignore that fact is down right disgraceful.

  • Simon wells commented on May 4, 2014 at 6:30 pm

    Abolish animal cruelty stop all experiments

  • Noni Nanushi commented on May 4, 2014 at 6:35 pm

    Portect the animals or we wilk die with them

  • Suzanne Watson commented on May 4, 2014 at 7:01 pm

    It’s appalling what labs are getting away with all over the world still, sadly not enough people have tried to stop it. We need more of you animal lovers!

  • Rachel Nunn commented on May 4, 2014 at 7:12 pm

    Please abolish the secrecy law on animal experiments
    Please abolish Animal experiments all together

  • Penny Walters commented on May 4, 2014 at 7:12 pm

    Inhumane & unnecessary. Abolish this cruelty NOW!!!!

  • Rachel Nunn commented on May 4, 2014 at 7:14 pm

    Please abolish the secrecy law on animal experiments
    And please abolish Animal experiments all together

  • Sarah Wickins commented on May 4, 2014 at 7:42 pm

    STOP THIS ANIMAL CRUELTY!!!

  • Maggie Cranfield commented on May 4, 2014 at 7:44 pm

    hope something comes about.

  • Nicola Crompton commented on May 4, 2014 at 7:48 pm

    Stop testing on animals , ask humans

  • Ms Dawson commented on May 4, 2014 at 7:54 pm

    You must put a stop to this,its barbaric

  • Gudrun Lutter commented on May 4, 2014 at 8:09 pm

    Tierversuche entbehren jeder Grundlage und sind überflüssig. Diese Tierquälerei muss beendet werden.

  • Andrew Jacobs commented on May 4, 2014 at 8:10 pm

    Most of these are unnesisery and have no real point, espetialy tested on live animals in the 21st centuary. Thare are plenty of more than efisient maens to do these experiments that dont need animals, give beter results than tested on animals and are cheper. So a big WHY ?!?!?!???

  • Nuria Vergara commented on May 4, 2014 at 8:17 pm

    Stop animals abuse and suffering in British laboratories now.

  • Kirsten commented on May 4, 2014 at 8:30 pm

    I can’t imagine why a law was passed like this in the first place. Giving people rights to animal abuse makes absolutely no sense. These animals didn’t volunteer to be tortured and live in a cage their entire lives.

    It should be ILLEGAL

  • Ainsleigh Kerr commented on May 4, 2014 at 8:35 pm

    Stop this happening!!!

  • Jason Deane commented on May 4, 2014 at 8:38 pm

    PLEASE CAN YOU STOP THIS IS TERRIBLE FOR THE POOR ANIMALS

  • Sophia commented on May 4, 2014 at 8:47 pm

    I am writing asking the secrecy clause around animal testing to be abolished. We have a right to know what’s going on in uk laboratories. There needs to be fewer animals being tortured behind closed doors in UK laboratories.

  • pat howarth commented on May 4, 2014 at 9:51 pm

    Please stop this barbaric practise

  • Carol Gardner commented on May 4, 2014 at 9:54 pm

    Please stop this unnecessary suffering to animals without delay i I object most strongly to my tax money bbeing spent paying fir barbaric horrific treatment to animals. Its archaic and shocking

  • Caroline Lammond commented on May 4, 2014 at 10:32 pm

    This is outrageous and unbelievable. This evil barbaric cruelty needs to stop… NOW…

  • Susan Faessler commented on May 4, 2014 at 10:34 pm

    It is imperative that all animal testing be open to the scrutiny of the public
    Although in 2014 it should be unnecessary to even have laboratories performing animal testing & or animal experimentation

  • Sharon woodburn commented on May 4, 2014 at 11:21 pm

    God is watching you evil people, one day you will br Judged, I prey very soon,this cruelty Must STOP.

  • hong yin commented on May 5, 2014 at 12:04 am

    Please be mercy to animal as they have feeling, can feel the pain just like human. Life is a cycle, be good to animal means be good to yourself too. So you can find your inner peace in yourself.

  • Sheila Morrison commented on May 5, 2014 at 12:15 am

    Evil sick minds that subject the innocent to mindless painful unrelenting torture

  • Simon Phillips commented on May 5, 2014 at 12:33 am

    It amasses me that as part of the Anglo American World Power.
    The UK still practices barbaric cruelty for no obvious reasons in its research establishments. Section 24 should DEFFINITELY be abolished and let the British people See For Themselves what their great nation is still allowing in the name of ‘Research’ !

  • marie-france guilhauna commented on May 5, 2014 at 4:22 am

    please PLEASE
    stop it ,close this lab and let those poor innocent victims live free,they have not done anyting,,,,,,,,pity …poor animals pity pleaee

    stop
    stop stop
    PLEASE

  • janet ricci commented on May 5, 2014 at 6:09 am

    Please stop the animals abuses into British laboratories.

  • norma sherwin commented on May 5, 2014 at 7:33 am

    We are supposed to be the country that leads the world in ethical treatment of all creatures, be domesticated free or wild. So I am led to the conclusion a lot of people in our government are making monies out of these poor creatures.

  • Ann Yang commented on May 5, 2014 at 7:34 am

    Stop this horrendous abuse of animals NOW

  • Kat alexander commented on May 5, 2014 at 8:32 am

    I am shocked to learn of this: please can section 24 be stopped without delay.

  • alison dominitz commented on May 5, 2014 at 8:42 am

    this is a clearly horrible practice and as we find out people in charge cover there tracks in every profession .Animals cannot speak out we can pleasae abloish this law

  • Alana platt commented on May 5, 2014 at 9:35 am

    What would this world be like,it’s a hell hole now,without animal rights groups???

  • Katie Eynon commented on May 5, 2014 at 11:58 am

    No one should allow themselves/others control of another life. Experiment on yourself if you’re in that much need to know. The thought of of the abuse created by testing on animals and other abuse we may not even know about makes me feel physically sick. Do the right thing

    • Katie Eynon commented on May 5, 2014 at 12:01 pm

      Its fear and then control that allows someone to make the choice to test on another being. Fear of the unknown and the implications on oneself. Don’t live in fear get a life. ..

  • Jennifer Jones commented on May 5, 2014 at 2:35 pm

    I think it is discraceful that we as a country allow this go on in the name of science of there is truly nothing to hide then you should make this public information. After all these poor animals are being tortured in the name of our health. This needs to stop now!

  • francoise lu commented on May 5, 2014 at 2:40 pm

    Save the animals

  • MARGARET MARRIOTT commented on May 5, 2014 at 4:55 pm

    Please stop all this secrecy and stop using animals.

  • Judith Baker commented on May 5, 2014 at 5:05 pm

    Pls stop all the secrets

  • Deb jones commented on May 5, 2014 at 6:00 pm

    This needs to be stopped! Animals should not suffer in this way!!

  • Deb jones commented on May 5, 2014 at 6:02 pm

    Stop this cruelty and suffering to these poor defenseless animals!!

  • 4mula1 commented on May 8, 2014 at 5:22 pm

    read W H Y !.. charities (ect!) must stop funding the historical failure of animal research, at. youtube.com/ms4mula1 (no lie can live forever!).

  • Robin Crisp commented on May 12, 2014 at 2:26 pm

    Stop the barbaric torture on these previous animals that God has blessed us with!

  • Beverley yeadon commented on July 30, 2014 at 10:08 am

    For some reason on this occasion I can’t find where to sign to stop this barbaric treatment of animals help please

    • Dan commented on July 30, 2014 at 3:27 pm

      Hi Beverley,
      This consultation is now closed. More than 17,000 concerned PETA supporters wrote to the Home Office. We hope they’ll listen. You can find more actions here: http://www.peta.org.uk/action/

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