Target: UK Government
Goal: Investigate the drastic increase in animal testing to stop unnecessary animal experimentation
The number of lab animals being used in deadly experiments has drastically increased in the United Kingdom. According to the Guardian, in 2011 a total of 3.79 million authorized experiments have occurred within the span of a decade, a number that has increased 40%. The animals suffer from invasive procedures that range from implanting neurological diseases to genetically modifying the animals.
Thousands of lab animals, from rats to primates, die every year from experiments that may not be necessary. The Guardian newspaper suggests that animal testing is outdated due to new technology that does not require animal testing. Animal testing is also ineffective most of the time. The number of experiments performed on pigs and cats has increased 37% and 26% respectively. Experiments on guinea pigs and primates, however, have decreased 16% and 47% respectively. Testing on large primates such as apes was never allowed.
Animal experimentation has been legal since 1822 under UK law, which states that drugs must be tested on at least two animals of different species. The animals must be mammals and one must be a large non-rodent animal. UK law for lab animals progressed when the Animals Act of 1986, which stressed that animal testing should be avoided if there are effective alternatives, was passed. The act required the institution, the scientist, and the project to acquire home office licenses, which authorizes animal testing. Before acquiring the license, one must outline the benefits of the experiment and prove that no alternatives exist. Despite the act, the numbers of experiments continue to increase.
The big issue these days is the increase in animal testing within the cosmetic market. British Actor Ricky Gervais recently encouraged people to boycott certain beauty companies that have taken their businesses into China. L’Occitane, Yve Rocher, Caudalie, and Mary Kay, companies that have pledged against animal testing, have been testing on animals after moving their operations into China. Animal testing on beauty products is still mandatory in China.
It is important to realize that animal testing is not limited to drug testing. Innocent animals are killed every day due to commercial gain within the cosmetic market. It is essential to enforce stricter rules regarding animal testing. Many tests done on animals are ineffective and should not continue. We urge the UK government to investigate the increase of experiments and make sure these experiments are truly necessary.
Dear UK government,
The Guardian newspaper reported that 3.79 million experiments have occurred over the last decade, the highest number in the past 25 years. That is a 40% increase. With improved technology in the labs, it is astonishing that the number has increased so drastically. I am aware that the Animals Act of 1986 protects the lab animals by requiring home office licenses and research outlines citing the necessity for animal testing. However, animal testing has only increased within your nation.
Recent events dealing with the cosmetic industry have made me question the necessity of animal testing. Top beauty companies, L’Occitane, Yve Rocher, Caudalie, and Mary Kay, who pledged against animal testing, have entered the Chinese market. Their operations in China, a country that mandates animal testing, is questionable. Innocent animals are being tested for commercial gain.
I urge you to investigate the recent surge in animal testing within your nation. It is vital that your government ensure that these experiments are truly necessary.
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