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Thursday, December 13, 2007

UK Government to Reduce Animal Research

Back on November 19, we posted about an article in Germany's Der Spiegel that proposed that animal rights activists were losing ground in the UK. But now, I see this article that the UK government is funding studies to reduce the use of animals in research. To me, that sounds like a country still interested in animal welfare.

So who's right? Or is this political posturing by new PM Gordon Brown? Somehow, I doubt it. Rabbits and guinea pigs don't vote.

The [UK] government has pledged to double funding to help reduce and replace the use of animals in research...

Funding will rise to more than £5m during 2010-11.

The money will be allocated to the National Centre for the Replacement, Refinement and Reduction of Animals in Research (NC3Rs). The centre, which was established in 2004, provides a UK focus for promoting and developing alternatives to animal testing and receives just over £2m per year from the government.

"Animal research plays a vital part in medical research and has helped save millions of human lives. Nonetheless, we should always look for alternatives and government is committed to the replacement, refinement and reduction of animals in research. It is an area where we are leading the world," said the science minister Ian Pearson.

"We have a proud history of animal welfare and protection in this country and the work of the NC3Rs builds on that tradition. This rise in funding ensures the centre can increase not only the research they fund but also their impact," Pearson added.

Photo by Shuttermoth.

1 comment:

AmberCat said...

There is evidence that suggests that turkeys have been testing British Civil Servants and Government Ministers ability to pass a data disc from one person to another.

The Turkeys have concluded the politicians and civil servents are clearly inferior to Turkeys.

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