Back in August of 2011 I posted about the government's plans to integrate new EU Directives on animal experimentation into UK legislation (Lab Animals Directive - A step back?) It appears that the government are planning to remove the current protection granted to stray domestic animals. If the new rule is added to UK legislation it means that the government could allow the use of stray, lost or abandoned cats and dogs to be used in experiments. I find this appalling and agree with BUAV's statement that "subjecting lost pets to painful experiments would be an extraordinary betrayal of the trust that companion animals put in us."
An Early Day Motion, supported by members of all parties, has been tabled by Adrian Sanders MP. Adrian told the BUAV:
"I'm shocked that the government is considering removing the current protection given to our stray cats and dogs from being used in experiments. Losing a pet is distressing, but the idea that the animal could potentially end up in a laboratory is ghastly and unacceptable, and I urge the government to reconsider.”
If the government go ahead with this would contradict their previous claims that British legislation would not be weakened.
Please spare some time to contact your MP and urging them to sign Early Day Motion 193 opposing this proposition. Find and contact your MP by clicking here and entering your postcode, you will then be directed to a form in which to contact them. First, have a look at this link showing who has already signed Early Day Motion 193 to see if your MP has already signed.
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I am writing with regards to the government's integration of new EU Directives in relation to animal testing.
Plans to remove the current protection granted to stray domestic animals could mean that stray, lost or abandoned cats and dogs could be used in experiments. I am shocked and appalled by this decision and echoing Adrian Sanders MP, I think losing a pet is extremely distressing and the idea that a much loved pet could potentially end up in a laboratory is ghastly and unacceptable.
Going along with this plan contradicts the government's previous claims that British legislation would not be weakened.
I urge you to please sign Early Day Motion 193 opposing this proposition.
Thank you for your time.
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