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That this House is aware that consideration is currently being given by the Government to adopt an EU-wide law permitting the use of stray dogs and cats in laboratory experiments for what are described as `essential studies relating to the health and welfare of animals or serious threats to the environment or to human health'; understands that in 2010 in the UK 3,727 dogs and 152 cats specifically bred for scientific testing were used in experiments in UK laboratories, with such testing also carried out on 10,138 rabbits; believes such practices to be both abhorrent, barbaric and unjustifiable under any circumstances; and calls on the Government to cease giving any consideration to these practices whilst at the same time giving notice to the scientific community that it intends to move quickly towards a total ban on animal experimentation throughout the UK.
Total number of signatures: 40
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leave out from `House' to end and add `notes the transposition of Directive 2010/63/EU on the protection of animals used for scientific purposes; observes that the RSPCA report that they have looked very carefully into the use of stray animals for research, and `believe there will not, in fact, be any change to the current situation in the UK - and that the intention of the Home Office remains NOT to allow the use of any stray animals'; endorses this position and encourages the Home Office not to use stray animals for research; understands that animals are used in research for a number of reasons, including trials for potential treatments and medicines for animals as well as humans, research for veterinary purposes into animal diseases, research into ecosystem behaviours and fundamental biological research, which furthers our understanding of how disease mechanisms and biological systems operate; further notes that the use of animals for cosmetic testing is and should remain illegal in the UK; and calls on the Government to support continued efforts to reduce the numbers of animals used in experiments, replace animals used in experiments where possible and to refine experiments to minimise the suffering caused.'.
Total number of signatures: 2
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