The Government has failed for a third year on its 2010 post-election pledge to work to reduce the number of animal experiments, which now stands at the highest level since the current regime was introduced in 1986. The latest annual statistics from the Home Office showed that the number of animals used in experiments in 2012 has risen to over 4 million; a shocking increase of 9%.
The BUAV has worked with MPs to table a parliamentary motion condemning this rise. The Government has also failed to publish a strategy for how it plans to fulfil its 2010 pledge to reduce the number of animals used,
Early Day Motion 442, which has been tabled by Jim Dowd MP with the support of MPs from all parties, says:
That this House notes the publication of the Statistics of Scientific Procedures on Living Animals 2012 report; expresses concern that 4,033,310 animals were used in scientific procedures in Great Britain in 2012, an increase of 8.7 per cent on the 2011 figure and the highest at any point since the current statistics regime was introduced by the Animals (Scientific Procedures) Act 1986 and the third successive year that the number has increased; further notes that the increase contrasts with the pledge in the Coalition Programme for Government to 'work to reduce the use of animals in scientific research'; is very disappointed with the lack of progress being made on this issue; and calls on the Government to immediately publish its strategy on how numbers can be reduced.
Please join us by writing to your MP today urging them to sign our Early Day Motion 442 to take action over this unacceptable increase in animal experiments.