The BUAV held a Parliamentary Reception in the House of Commons yesterday as MPs and peers gathered to hear about the renewed campaign to reduce the number of animals used in experiments.
The event which was hosted by former Home Secretary Rt. Hon David Blunkett MP called on the Coalition Government to honour the pledge made in the Programme for Government in 2010 to work to reduce the number of animals used in experiments. Since that time the number has continued to rise, reaching a 25-year high in 2011.
During the Reception BUAV Chief Executive, Michelle Thew, spoke about the BUAVs parliamentary successes in the past year. This includes the campaign to ensure that a ban on the use of stray cats and dogs was introduced as well as receiving the support of over 200 MPs in our campaign calling on the Government to honour its pledge to reduce the number of animals used in experiments.
Other speakers at the event included Labour MP Kerry McCarthy spoke about the forthcoming ban on importing cosmetics which have been tested on animals into the European Union, an issue which the BUAV has been campaigning on for some time. Conservative MP Henry Smith also talked about his work with the BUAV in the past year, including the recent MORI opinion poll which showed that public support for animal experiments has fallen during the past year..
The BUAV is urging the Government to take the results of this opinion poll on board and turn its words into action and publish a clear reduction strategy to start working to reduce the number of animal experiments. Please ask your MP to sign EDM 405 calling for the Government to publish a reduction strategy and EDM 716 which calls for transparency in animal experiments.