The Liberal Democrat party conference, the second conference of the season, was a great opportunity to showcase the work of the BUAV and promote some of our key current campaigns such as Broken Promises, Our Best Friends and Licensed to Kill.
The team was met with much support for our work, including Andrew Stunell, MP for Stockport Hazel Grove, and John Hemming, MP for Birmingham Yardley.
At a fringe meeting last night, BUAV’s Director of Policy Dr Nick Palmer presented “More and more animal experiments – should Liberal Democrats promise a change?” Dr Palmer spoke about the Coalition Agreement which contained two pledges about animal experiments, neither of which have been fulfilled. He asked the Liberal Democrat members to think about this issue as they embark on their preparations for the 2015 General Election.
The BUAV has tabled Early Day Motion 405 which has attracted cross-party support, calling on the Government to publish a clear reduction strategy and start working to reduce numbers. Please ask your MP to sign EDM 405 and make a difference to the millions of animals used in laboratories. Find your MP here.
Speaking after the Fringe meeting, Dr Nick Palmer, Director of Policy, commented: 'We're working hard to stress the urgency of reversing the ever-rising number of tests. Many Liberal Democrats are disappointed with the Government’s failure to fulfil their promise and we were pleased to find many Liberal Democrat MPs and activists who share our concern."