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TORIES SET ANIMAL WELFARE AGENDA FOR NEXT ELECTION

Added: (Mon Feb 19 2001)

Pressbox (Press Release) - The National Anti-Vivisection Society (NAVS) today welcomed the Conservative Party Pre-election Policy Document ‘Protecting Our Animals’, published today, which sets their animal welfare agenda for the next election.

The most important promise, amongst a raft of new ideas, is the undertaking to bring about more freedom of information on animal experiments, by allowing groups such as the NAVS to bring in experts to suggest non-animal methods, before a licence to use animals is granted.

Despite massive public and parliamentary support for access to technical details of animal experiment licence applications (no personal details, names, or addresses), the Labour Party has been seen to repeatedly delay this issue, and now the Conservatives have, effectively, moved the debate forward.

The NAVS calls upon Labour and the Liberal Democrats to respond with a similar policy.

Throughout this government, the NAVS has called for freedom of information on animal experiments.

Jan Creamer, Director of the NAVS, said today, ‘We are delighted by this news. There is strong parliamentary support for an open debate on animal research, for organisations such as ours to be given the opportunity to prevent unneccessary animal research before it takes place. It also underlines the fact that issues of laboratory workers’ personal safety and freedom of information on animal experiments, are not mutually exclusive.’

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For more information or interviews contact Donna McDowall, NAVS Press Office on 07785 552 548, 020 8563 0250. Email: pr@navs.org.uk

Notes to Editors:
NAVS has produced briefings on secrecy and animal experimentation, the
Freedom of Information Act and animal experiments, and violence and
intimidation of laboratory workers.
The National Anti-Vivisection Society (NAVS) today welcomed the Conservative Party Pre-election Policy Document ‘Protecting Our Animals’, published today, which sets their animal welfare agenda for the next election.

The most important promise, amongst a raft of new ideas, is the undertaking to bring about more freedom of information on animal experiments, by allowing groups such as the NAVS to bring in experts to suggest non-animal methods, before a licence to use animals is granted.

Despite massive public and parliamentary support for access to technical details of animal experiment licence applications (no personal details, names, or addresses), the Labour Party has been seen to repeatedly delay this issue, and now the Conservatives have, effectively, moved the debate forward.

The NAVS calls upon Labour and the Liberal Democrats to respond with a similar policy.

Throughout this government, the NAVS has called for freedom of information on animal experiments.

Jan Creamer, Director of the NAVS, said today, ‘We are delighted by this news. There is strong parliamentary support for an open debate on animal research, for organisations such as ours to be given the opportunity to prevent unneccessary animal research before it takes place. It also underlines the fact that issues of laboratory workers’ personal safety and freedom of information on animal experiments, are not mutually exclusive.’

Ends.

For more information or interviews contact Donna McDowall, NAVS Press Office on 07785 552 548, 020 8563 0250. Email: pr@navs.org.uk

Notes to Editors:
NAVS has produced briefings on secrecy and animal experimentation, the
Freedom of Information Act and animal experiments, and violence and
intimidation of laboratory workers.

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