Andrew Gwynne MP has backed the BUAVs Broken Promises campaign and joined calls for the Government to honour its pledge and reduce the number of animals being used in experiments in Great Britain.
Despite making a commitment in the Coalition Agreement to work on reducing the number of animals used in scientific research the latest figures from the Home Office show that more than 3.7 million animals were used in laboratories in 2011. That figure is the highest since the current statistics regime was introduced more than 25 years ago.
Andrew Gwynne MP has joined over 200 MPs from all political parties who have called on the Government to keep its promise since 2010. The BUAV recently launched the Broken Promises campaign to highlight the need for action to reduce the number of animals suffering in laboratories, and made five proposals to the Government, none of which have so far been acted upon.
Andrew Gwynne MP said
“This is an issue which I know many of my constituents feel strongly about, and I hope that the Government will listen to the people and work to reduce the number of animals used in experiments”.
BUAV Chief Executive Michelle Thew said:
“We are pleased to have the support of Andrew Gwynne MP for this important campaign. We know that the public and many MPs from all parties feel strongly about this issue and we hope the Government will keep its promise and take action to reduce the number of animals suffering in laboratories”.