Animal protection campaigners today welcomed the support of local MP Mark Hunter for important advances in the effort to reduce the use of animals in laboratories.
Twin campaigns by the BUAV, Britain's leading organisation campaigning to end animal experiments, call for lifting the secrecy surrounding the licensing of animal experiments and an end to the use of animal testing for household products such as washing-up liquid.
Both campaigns have been accepted in principle by the Government, who promised last year to implement the changes before the election, but with time running out Hunter has joined with 76 colleagues across all parties to support a motion calling for immediate action.
Mark Hunter said,
“I am pleased that the Government has committed to making animal testing more transparent; I believe that testing should only be used to advance human medical treatments and this will make the science community more accountable. I will be campaigning for the Government to bring this proposal, and a ban on testing for household products, forward so that Parliament can approve them before the General Election.”
BUAV Chief Executive, Michelle Thew said,
"We welcome Mark Hunter’s support for this motion. When a consensus on progress has finally been reached, it would be very frustrating if it failed to materialise due to Government inaction in the last two months of this Parliament. We hope that Mr Hunter’s backing will help secure these important steps in making a difference for animals in laboratories."