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1.5 million people demand Government road map to end animal experiments
Uncaged submit largest-ever animal protection petition to 10 Downing Street
On Thursday 2nd July, Uncaged submitted a historic 1.5 million strong petition to 10 Downing Street, calling on the UK Government to develop a ‘road map’ for the end of animal experimentation.
Uncaged is very grateful indeed for the support of the following parliamentarians from across the political spectrum:
Dr Caroline Lucas MEP for South East England (Green)
We are also deeply grateful for the help of the tireless volunteers who joined us for the photocall and braved an intense heatwave to wear animal costumes and hold banners. They attracted a huge amount of attention on busy Whitehall, with many passers-by taking information and asking about the issue, and many motorists beeping in support!
The event also attracted TV and radio coverage, reaching several hundred thousand more people. (Click here to listen to a live interview with Dan Lyons on BBC Radio Sheffield, the interview is about 1hr 37mins 13 seconds into the show.)
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The signatures - understood to comprise the largest animal welfare petition in British history - are the culmination of 15 years of epic effort in hundreds of towns and cities across the UK. We have submitted this petition now because we are at a critical point in this historic controversy - the UK Government has been asking for the public’s views on animal research ahead of discussions with other Governments over a new European Union law. The consultation period ended on 3rd July.
The petition cites moral and scientific reasons to prohibit animal experiments. Even animal researchers themselves admit that laboratory experiments inevitably cause pain, suffering and distress to animals, which can often be severe. There is also growing confirmation that the results of animal experiments are an unreliable - and sometimes dangerous - guide to human biology, while non-animal methods offer greater accuracy and safety assurance.
But the Government has repeatedly ignored advice from ethical experts who have recommended that targets should be set towards ending animal tests.
Instead the number of animal experiments in Britain has been increasing since 2001. Dr Dan Lyons, Uncaged Campaigns Director and one of the UK’s leading experts in animal research policy, says the petition must persuade the Government to stop its extreme policy that shows total indifference to animal cruelty:
Uncaged Campaigns 06.07.09