Secrecy surrounding animal experiments to lift at last?



The BUAV has been campaigning for many years to end the secrecy surrounding animal experiments imposed by Section 24 of the Animals (Scientific Procedures) Act 1986, which restricts publication of the details of what happens to animals in experiments and inhibits serious debate. This was reinforced by the IPSOS-MORI study of current opinion this week which showed strong public demand for external scrutiny of experiments and detailed licences to be available (except for names and confidential information).[1]

In the latest development, we welcome the acceptance by the Government in a response by Minister James Brokenshire this week to David Amess MP, that the requirements of section 24 are now out of step with Government policy on openness and the Freedom of Information Act 2000, and now hope the Home Office will translate policy acceptance into concrete action without further delay. [2]