UK Government misses opportunity to protect animals post-Brexit
Animal testing set to continue in UK following disappointing Home Office report
We are extremely disappointed with the Animals in Science Regulation Unit’s latest annual report, which states that no changes to UK animal welfare legislation will be necessary following Britain’s departure from the European Union.
This is a sadly overlooked opportunity for the UK Government to improve animal protection post-Brexit and demonstrate a commitment to ending animal testing for good.
Worryingly, the 2016 report states that the UK is set to remain a place where animal testing will continue. Despite the availability of faster, cheaper and more reliable alternatives to cruel animal testing and increased public demand for more humane methods, the UK remains Europe’s biggest user of animals in laboratories.
Michelle Thew, CEO of Cruelty Free International, says: “Brexit has presented a real opportunity to demonstrate to the world that the UK is committed to making a real impact for animals by significantly reducing the amount of suffering in laboratories. Instead of preserving the status quo, the Government should use this as a springboard to step up efforts to stop unnecessary animal experiments. The UK needs to step up and become world leaders in the development of cutting-edge alternatives to end this outdated practice for good.”