The UK Government and research industry repeatedly claim that the UK has some of the highest welfare standards in the world for animals in laboratories, yet huge secrecy and a lack of transparency surrounds animal research. 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.
The animal research industry claims that it wants greater openness. However, far from favouring greater openness, the research lobby wants to extend the secrecy to universities and other publicly-funded bodies carrying out animal experiments.
Government Minister James Brokenshire recently stated that the requirements of Section 24 are now out of step with Government policy on openness and the Freedom of Information Act 2000. We hope as a result that the Home Office will translate policy acceptance into concrete action without further delay.
The BUAV has carried out a number of investigations in UK laboratories that show a contrast between claims made by government and industry and the reality experienced by animals in laboratories; in particular poor standards, lack of enforcement of legislation and a failure to minimise suffering.
Please watch our video covering investigations carried out by the BUAV at Imperial College London, Cambridge University and Wickham Laboratories to learn why the BUAV is calling for greater transparency on what happens to animals in UK laboratories.
Remember, none of what you will see on this film is normally available to the public, the media or politicians. This is why we need much greater openness.
Watch the film here.