PETA’S Response To The Publication Of Annual Statistics On Animal Experiments

For Immediate Release:
27 July 2010

Alistair Currie 0207 357 9229, ext 245; [email protected]

PETA is relieved to see any dip in numbers of animals suffering, although a 1 per cent decrease after almost a decade of increasing numbers means we’re hardly cracking open the champagne. The new coalition government has said it will work to reduce the use of animals in scientific experiments, and PETA and the British public expect no complacency on the basis of these figures. That work must start today and produce real, consistent results or Britain will continue to lag behind the world in science.

To begin, the government can spare animals and the public purse by putting an end to the hideous taxpayer-funded tests at Porton Down, and then they can move on to stop the tragic waste of animal lives in every other lab that has failed to adopt modern methodologies in this, the 21st century. The Home Office authorises every experiment and the last Labour government rubber-stamped useless, duplicative, unacceptably cruel and scientifically redundant animal tests. This has to stop. PETA urges Home Office Minister Lynne Featherstone, to do what her predecessors lacked the courage to do and start slashing this government “wastage” of sentient life and money.

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