9th July 2015
MPs gather to support Cruelty Free International campaign to end secrecy
Cruelty Free International hosted a parliamentary reception in Westminster to call on the new UK Government to end the secrecy surrounding animal experiments
The event hosted by Sir David Amess MP was attended by numerous cross-party MPs, business leaders and Cruelty Free International team members, as well as some of our most committed supporters.
Speeches were made by Cruelty Free International Chief Executive Michelle Thew and Maurice Frankel, Director of the UK Campaign for Freedom of Information. Maurice was instrumental in the introduction of the Freedom of Information Act.
Every year tens of millions of animals are used in experiments around the world. But the public knows very little about what happens in animal research laboratories - or why. The law stops any information being shared about animal experiment licences, even when they are funded by public money. It’s a shameful secret that this multi-million dollar industry wants to keep hidden.
We’re not asking for information which is commercially sensitive or about the individuals carrying out the experiments. But we do think the public has a right to know what is being done to animals who are suffering in laboratories.
As a result of our work, the previous Home Office Minister promised the UK Parliament to change the regulations. They pledged that details about animal experiments would soon be available under Freedom of Information rules. They failed to implement this pledge before the General Election, but promised to carry out the changes after the election.
It’s time to put promises into action.
Please join us in urging the Home Office to keep its promise and tell the truth about animal research.