Animal protection campaigners today welcomed the support of Cardiff Central’s local Liberal Democrat MP Jenny Willott for important advances in the effort to reduce the use of animals in laboratories.
Twin campaigns by the BUAV, Britain's leading organisation campaigning to end animal experiments, call for lifting the secrecy surrounding the licensing of animal experiments and an end to the use of animal testing for household products such as washing-up liquid.
Both campaigns have been accepted in principle by the Government, who promised last year to implement the changes before the election, but with time running out Willott has joined with 82 colleagues across all parties to support a motion calling for immediate action.
Commenting, Jenny Willott MP, said:
“I’m pleased that the Government has said they will support these campaigns, which will end the use of animals to test household products and allow animal experiment licences to be obtained under Freedom of Information Act rules. It is now important that these measures are introduced as soon as possible so we know exactly what is going on in UK laboratories and no more animals have to suffer unnecessarily.”
BUAV Chief Executive, Michelle Thew said,
"We welcome Jenny Willott’s support for this motion. When a consensus on progress has finally been reached, it would be very frustrating if it failed to materialise due to Government inaction in the last two months of this Parliament. We hope that Ms. Willott‘s backing will help secure these important steps in making a difference for animals in laboratories."