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LIKE many members of the public, the RSPCA is deeply concerned about the suffering of animals used in research and testing. The current review of the European law governing animal experiments presents a vital opportunity to benefit millions of animals. We

LIKE many members of the public, the RSPCA is deeply concerned about the suffering of animals used in research and testing. The current review of the European law governing animal experiments presents a vital opportunity to benefit millions of animals.

We have launched a petition to demonstrate how strongly the public wants the new law to ensure tighter controls on animal use in experiments throughout Europe. You can add your support by visiting www.rspca.org.uk/

directive86609, or going to your local RSPCA branch or shop, where the petition should be available.

The RSPCA believes the new law should cover all animals used in basic research as well as education and training. Such animals account for 35 per cent of animals used for scientific purposes, and are not currently protected by the law. An immediate ban on the use of great apes and wild-caught primates and a co-ordinated strategy to replace all other primate use should also be included.


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The housing and care standards for all species should be improved, which is the very least these animals deserve while their use in experiments continues.

The society has a long history of achieving positive change for laboratory animals. We are grateful for the strong support we have received from the public, and we are asking for your help once more.

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SUZIE GRAHAM

RSPCA regional manager

East region

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