Britain: ‘Let down: Animal testing at 25-year high despite coalition agreement pledge’

Posted on December 2, 2012

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Today (2nd December), a news item was posted on mirror.co.uk titled ‘Let down: Animal testing at 25-year high despite coalition agreement pledge’.

‘… More than 3.7million tests were carried out last year, with the majority done for household products –

David Cameron has been blasted for breaking a pledge to reduce testing on animals – after new figures revealed they have hit a 25-year-high.

Official data shows more than 3.7 million tests were carried out last year – with increasing amounts conducted on mice, birds, fish and some breeds of monkey.

Many animals are used for more than one authorised procedure.

The shocking stats fly in the face of a promise made by the PM and his deputy Nick Clegg ahead of the General Election.

They even wrote an assurance to “end the testing” into their coalition agreement.

Now the British Union for the Abolition of Vivisection has blasted Mr Cameron and accused him of going back on his word.

BUAV Chief Executive, Michelle Thew, who launched their campaign at the Houses of Parliament last week, said: “Millions of animals are dying painful deaths in British laboratories every year despite a government pledge to reduce the number of animals in laboratories.

“Many MPs are now joining us in calling on the government to uphold its promise. The government needs to take urgent action to reduce the record number of animal experiments taking place in the UK.”

The 3.7 million tests last year is a 2% rise on 2010. This is equivalent to beginning 10,391 experiments every day.

Animals used included more than 2.6million mice, more than 260,000 rats and more than 11,800 rabbits.

There were 2,865 tests on dogs, 333 horses, 153 cats and 1,459 primates

The vast majority of those tests were for household products rather than for medicines and new drugs.

Campaigners say that companies are continuing to use animals even though alternative testing – which is often more expensive – is often available …’

Read the item, view image and add your comment online at www.mirror.co.uk/news/uk-news/animal-testing-at-25-year-high-despite-1469307

Please support the British Union for the Abolition of Vivisection and all their campaigns.

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