Mike Crockart, MP for Edinburgh West, has welcomed a statement this week from junior Home Office Minister Lynne Featherstone, announcing arrangements to deliver two key commitments in the coalition agreement on the use of animals in scientific research.
A new license condition will be added to the current law, ending the testing of household products on animals, and a science-led programme will be led by the National Centre for Replacement, Refinement and Reduction of Animals in Research (NC3Rs) to work to reduce the use of animals in scientific research.
Mike said, “Animal welfare is a matter on which I feel particularly strongly, and I am therefore delighted to welcome this significant progress.
“The UK already has some of the strongest regulation to protect animal rights, but there is always more that can, and should, be done. These steps will ensure that the UK continues to lead the way in using the developments in science and technology to reduce animal use and suffering.”