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New UK law on vivisection

Posted: 6 March 2012. Updated: 30 October 2012


The UK has begun the first major revision of animal experimentation rules in over 25 years as the government brings the new EU Directive on animal testing (2010/63/EU) into UK law. This is an opportunity for the government to seriously commit to the implementation of sophisticated replacements for animal experiments; advancing science whilst ending animal suffering.
The NAVS has outlined ten steps the UK Government must take to tackle animal experiments:

  • End household product testing
  • No weakening of existing UK rules
  • Commit to replacing experiments on monkeys in UK laboratories
  • End the wild capture of monkeys by laboratory dealers
  • Set clear limits on the pain laboratory animals can suffer
  • Increase transparency on animal experiments – more public accountability
  • Increase compulsory data sharing to prevent unnecessary experiments
  • Establish a UK laboratory for the development and validation of non-animal methods
  • Regular reviews to identify and replace animal experiments
  • Ensure the effective implementation of non-animal methods – if there is an alternative it must be used.
  • The NAVS is urging the UK Government to adopt progressive approach for animal testing as Government prepares to overhaul lab rules. Through the ‘Cutting Edge, Not Knife Edge’ campaign the NAVS has distributed briefings, carried out photo calls and toured the country with our eye-catching billboard and received support from cross-party MPs.
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    UK lab rules update

    2 December 2011: NAVS has met with Home Office minister Lynne Featherstone, held several consultation meetings with officials, and participated in a Home Office public consultation. NAVS is campaigning hard to maintain higher UK standards, but also for stricter measures in key areas.
    Learn more about how we have pushed for measures to protect animals used in research

    Parliament row brews over animal experiments and new EU Directive

    8 December 2011: As the UK Government considers how it will bring the new EU Directive, 2010/63/EU, into UK law, MPs and animal protection and non-animal research groups have expressed concern about the lowering of UK science and animal welfare standards.
    Read about how the NAVS highlighted the concerns about new animal testing laws to MPs

    Thank you for speaking out for animals in laboratories!

    The Home Office Consultation on the biggest overhaul to animal testing laws in this country in 25 years closed on the 5th September 2011. Thank you to all our supporters who took part either by answering the consultation or raising awareness.
    Read how the Government progressed following the close of consultation

    Government announces an end to animal testing of household products

    The NAVS was encouraged by the Home Office’s announcement, declaring the Government’s commitment to ending the testing of household products on animals. The NAVS is pressing the Coalition Government to use the new EU Directive on animal experiments, to make ten steps to advance scientific research, but without animal suffering.
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    The NAVS steps up its UK ‘Cutting Edge Not Knife Edge’ animal testing campaign

    13 July 2011: In a show of unity, politicians and peers gathered at Parliament, to request that the Home Office gears the legislation to replace animal use, while adopting the strictest animal protection legislation as the new EU Directive becomes law. They were accompanied by a giant inflatable beagle to help bring further publicity to this important animal welfare issue.
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    The NAVS condemns the rise in UK animal experiments

    13 July 2011: When the Home 13 July 2011: When the Home Office published the annual ‘Statistics of Scientific Procedures on Living Animals’ for 2010, it highlighted how many animals in the UK will be affected by the implementation of new laws governing their use.
    Read more about the latest statistics on animal use

    Beagle Farm proposal rejected in victory for animal welfare

    16 June 2011: The Planning 16 June 2011: The Planning Committee of East Riding Council voted to refuse planning permission for a new building for breeding beagle dogs to be used in laboratory experiments. NAVS objected to the proposal highlighting that the application was against the thrust of the new European rules on animal testing, Directive 2010/63/EU.
    Read more about the victory

    Lab Animal Week 2011

    As the government began considering the biggest overhaul of regulations on animal experiments for 25 years, NAVS hit the streets with an eye-catching Cutting Edge Not Knife Edge billboard van that toured the UK, stopping at nine cities, with MPs and supporters greeting the van and leafleting in each city.
    Watch The LAW video

    New vivisection law for the UK – this year

    19 April 2011: The Home Office has told us that they plan to have draft legislation prepared by the autumn with a view to this being implemented by late 2012. This will be the biggest overhaul of animal experimentation regulations for nearly 25 years, as the Home Office transposes European Directive (2010/63/EU).
    Read more about how out our UK campaign began

    New UK Animal Experiment Laws Imminent

    15 March 2011: The government is going to review the Animals (Scientific Procedures) Act 1986, to bring it into line with a new EU Directive on animal experiments (Directive 2010/63/EU), passed last year. However, we have been informed by the Home Office that they are considering changing the legislation WITHOUT A PUBLIC DEBATE!
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    MEPs disappointed with EU animal experiment rules

    9 September 2010: Several promising measures from the European Commission and MEPs were steadily diluted during the negotiations for the revision of Directive 86/609, as a result of heavy lobbying from industry and animal suppliers. The UK Government are urged to commit to replacing animal experiments during implementation.
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    A vision for Europe

    January 2009: A briefing from ADI was distributed to MEPs in Brussels, available in English, French, German, Italian, Spanish, and Polish. It urged the use of the new directive to replace Directive 86/609 on animal experiments to protect animals and advance European Science.
    Read our vision for Europe

    European Parliament sets historic target to end experiments on primates

    In September 2007 433 MEPs signed Written Declaration 40/2007 calling for urgent action to end the use of Great Apes and wild-caught monkeys in experiments, and for a timetable to be set to end all experiments on non-human primates in Europe.
    Find out how we achieved this amazing milestone

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