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Freedom of Information

Freedom of Information

Campaign: We believe the public has a right to know what is being done to animals in experiments and why.


 

Campaign background

The Freedom of Information Act 2000 (FOIA) sets out the ways the public can get access to information held by the Government. This includes information held by the Home Office, Universities and other bodies about animal experimentation.

There are a number of exemptions for the FOIA including one that says if another law bans information from being given out, then the FOIA doesn’t apply to that.

Unfortunately, this applies to animal experiments. Because Section 24 of the Animal (Scientific Procedures) Act 1986 stops the Home Office giving out information about experiment licences which researchers want to keep secret, we can’t use the FOIA to get this information.

The BUAV doesn’t think this is fair. We don’t want to know researchers names or addresses or anything that is genuinely confidential. However, we do think the public has a right to know what is being done to animals in experiments and why.