Animal protection campaigners have welcomed the support of local MP Rosie Cooper 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 Cooper has joined with 76 colleagues across all parties to support a motion calling for immediate action.
Rosie Cooper MP said:
“I have always been a strong advocate for the welfare of animals and have constantly and consistently worked to ensure animals are treated by UK and EU legal standards.
“I support a ban on testing household products on animals and welcome the Government’s commitment to implement this. However, it is often the ingredients rather than the final household products that are tested on animals and it is important that the Government consider how best to resolve this.
“BUAV’s campaign for greater transparency about animal testing is one I fully support, which is why I signed EDM 636.”
BUAV Chief Executive, Michelle Thew said:
“We welcome Rosie Cooper’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 Rosie’s backing will help secure these important steps in making a difference for animals in laboratories.”