A new Directive regulating the use of animals in experiments is set for implementation in all 27 European Union member states by January 1, 2013. For many member states, this Directive represents a step forward in protecting animals against laboratories. It sets controls for the scientific use of animals and requires implementation of the "3Rs": replacement of animal experiments with more humane methods, reduction of the use of animals in lab experiments, and the refinement of the way we treat animals.
However, in many areas, the standards of the Directive are actually lower than those that currently apply, as is the case in the UK. Now, we need to make sure the UK government take advantage of this.
For the next few weeks the UK government is open to comments on this important issue. Tell the UK not to turn back the clock on cruelty.
Dear UK Leaders,
A new Directive regulating the use of animals in scientific experiments is set for implementation in all European Union member states by January 2013. For many member states, this is a step forward in protecting animals. But in other areas, like the UK, the standards in the Directive are lower than those that currently apply.
I urge the UK to maintain its existing stricter animal protection provisions, as well as:
- Reduce the use of primates in UK Laboratories
- Phase out the use of wild-caught primates by suppliers
- Limit the severity of animal suffering
- Increase transparency for public accountability and wider scientific scrutiny
- Increase data sharing to prevent unnecessary experiments
- Create a UK laboratory for the validation and implementation of alternatives
- Use thematic review to identify areas of research for replacement
- Ensure the effective implementation of non-animal methods
Thank you for accepting comments from concerned citizens on this important matter.