Animal Experiments in the UK
For every minute that ticks by 7 animals die in British laboratories. Great Britain drugs, poisons, kills and autopsies more than 10,000 sentient creatures every day of the year. The details of these experiments are hidden from the public using section 24 of the Animals (Scientific Procedures) Act 1986 - the so-called 'Secrecy Clause' -makes it an offence punishable by up to two years’ imprisonment to disclose certain details about the use of animals for scientific procedures, even if the researchers carrying out the procedures want it to be known.
3.72 million animals were tested on and killed in Britain in 2017
. The quality and value of the testing that takes place must be held to account and reviewed in terms of their relevance to advancing human health.
It is important that we continue to push for a repeal of section 24 in case it is abandoned.
But what is life like for those animals in laboratories around the UK right now? The answer is: nobody knows for sure, because you’re not allowed to know. A culture of secrecy pervades scientific procedures on animals in the UK, and it’s getting worse.
Take action to end secrecy in animal experiments.
With your support, we will work with lawmakers and corporations to reduce the number of animals used for experimentation, and replace animal research with human-centric, effective, and safer methods. We will work towards improvements in openness and transparency in animal experiments, and call on consumers and companies to lead the way to the cruelty-free UK.
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