Further Suffering Averted – PETA Pressure Helps Prevent Weakening of UK Animal Testing Regulations

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rabbits are just some of the animals harmed in experiments in UK laboratories

Animals in UK laboratories lead lives filled with fear and suffering, but last year, it looked like even the meagre legal protection that they currently have was under threat.

When PETA found out that animal testing legislation in the UK was going to change to incorporate an EU directive, we were worried that this could end up weakening regulations and make the situation for the victims of animal tests even worse. But after thousands of you responded to the public consultation and contacted the minister and after a year of pressuring the government, we are relieved to report that the new amendments to the 1986 Animal (Scientific Procedures) Act, which were signed off on this past Monday, maintain existing protection for dogs and cats and larger cage sizes for some species used in labs, as we had pushed for.

Shockingly, the act does still include a blanket secrecy clause – the notorious Section 24. This “transparency-lite” clause prevents the disclosure of information about animal experiment regulations and puts the interests of animal testers over the public’s right to know.

Support for animal testing in the UK is declining. This week, the government has avoided a disastrous weakening of regulations, but it still needs to do much more to help the millions of animals who are suffering in labs across the country. Thank you to every single person who took action. Bunny image:  Robobobobo /  CC-BY-SA-2.0


  • Brien Comerford commented on December 21, 2012 at 1:17 am

    Animal testing and exploitation should be permanently ended in the “Civilized” UK and USA.

  • Linda Aagren commented on December 21, 2012 at 10:49 am

    We most stop tortering animals!!!

  • maria koumi commented on December 21, 2012 at 2:31 pm

    We should not DO animal testing of any kind if it wasnt bad they should test on people.

  • ANNA MAIETTA commented on December 22, 2012 at 7:38 pm


  • jonathan commented on December 24, 2012 at 2:07 pm

    Stop animal testing there should be a worldwide ban!

  • Suzanne Canning commented on January 9, 2013 at 7:13 pm

    Animal testing is benefiting pharmaceutical companies, side affect of medication in long term kill humans. Plant based cures for desases are alternatives.

    Animal testing is cruel and evil.

  • jeanie commented on January 9, 2013 at 9:43 pm

    Animal testing is wrong, no animal will give a true picture of how it will work on a human.All the companies that carry out thses vile tests want is money.Shame on them and all that support them.How many must suffer when testers dont tell the whole truth.The goverment are supposed to serve its people, so why dos Section 24 still exist?

  • MARIA SONIA ESTRADA SOLERO commented on January 9, 2013 at 11:34 pm


  • Sonja Nielsen commented on January 10, 2013 at 5:24 am

    Testing on animals has no place in the 21st century. Numerous alternative methods, are developed and available. There is no excuse, whatsoever, for testing and experimenting on animals. Animals have suffered for our vanity and needs far to long. We have been blind, ignorant and selfish .. World wide ban!

  • chander kumar soni commented on January 10, 2013 at 9:35 am

    be human, love animals.

  • Linda Morris commented on January 10, 2013 at 9:42 am

    Enough of animal experimentation, we must seek alternatives! There is so much duplication of testin as well, time to at least record these test and share to prevent repeat testing and unnecessary animal suffering

  • emil commented on January 11, 2013 at 5:31 pm

    what i dont understand is how we can have leaders of countries and politicians allow this kind of thing to go on and not pass laws again animal cruelty?
    makes you think about voting!!!
    i dont vote and maybe there should be a campaign for people not to vote for anyone unless they will show support for animals.

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