Target: Teresa May, Secretary of State, Home Office
Goal: Stop the United Kingdom from using animals in their research efforts
Despite increasing efforts to stop the use of animals in experiments and research, the number of such occurrences is steadily rising. Specifically, in the United Kingdom, universities such as King’s College of London, Oxford, and Imperial College are using animals in research for experiments related to Parkinson’s disease, cancer, and dementia.
When conducting research, scientists are required to consider the 3Rs: reduce the number of needed animals, refine the procedures to cause minimal suffering, and replace the use of animals. However, in an undercover investigation carried out by the British Union for the Abolition of Vivisection (BUAV), the appalling conditions inside of Imperial College London were exposed. Experiments frequently involved physical mutilation and invasive surgeries. Furthermore, the animals were often neglected by the staff, who failed to provide adequate anesthesia during procedures. This occurs despite claims by the Government that the UK has strong regulations in place. In fact, over the last couple of years, the occurrence of animal testing has actually risen by 0.3 percent.
Currently, the BUAV is calling on the Home Secretary to revoke Imperial College’s Establishment License, which will prevent them from carrying out further animal research. However, there is more that needs to be done. By signing this petition, you are asking the United Kingdom to enforce its regulations that will stop the use of animals in research efforts.
Dear Teresa May,
Despite claims by the United Kingdom Government that suggest otherwise, the incidence of research on animals has steadily increased in your country. In fact, in the last couple of years alone, the rate of such incidences has gone up by 0.3%.
Recently, the British Union for the Abolition of Vivisection (BUAV) has also uncovered evidence of appalling conditions at Imperial College, largely as the result of staff incompetence. These animals were subjected to brutal surgeries and painful procedures, often without enough anesthesia or painkillers.