Posts Tagged ‘Animal Experimentation’

UK: Research animals ruling overturned

April 24, 2008

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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World Week For Animals In Laboratories

April 22, 2008

From March of next year the testing on animals of ingredients used in lipsticks, deodorants and other cosmetics will largely have become illegal through laws passed under the 1976 European Union, (EU) Cosmetics Directive 76/768/EEC [.pdf]. Since 1986 animal rights groups have observed a week-long annual protest against the use of animals in laboratories. This week is World Week for Animals in Laboratories, (WWAIL).

A global event, WWAIL seeks to educate the public about the scientific, moral, and economic objections to vivisection. It challenges the entrenched view of research industries that animal experimentation is necessary.

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