UK: Research animals ruling overturned

A ruling that the Government was failing in its legal duty to ensure the suffering of animals used in laboratory experiments was kept to a minimum has been overturned.

Three judges at the Court of Appeal said a High Court judge’s finding that a Government adviser was “clearly wrong” in a conclusion over the level of pain experienced by marmosets could not stand.

But the British Union for the Abolition of Vivisection (BUAV), which originally brought the case after an undercover investigation at Cambridge University, said its main argument over the way the Home Office classifies the seriousness of experiments on animals had been upheld.

The Home Office categorises experiments as either substantial, moderate or mild, which affects whether licences are granted.

BUAV said in a statement that the Home Office should in future have to examine each licence application to properly assess the level of animal suffering.

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