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July 19, 2011

HSI UK Disappointed by ‘Lacklustre’ Government Strategy

Humane Society International/UK

LONDON—Humane Society International/UK director of research and toxicology Troy Seidle responded to the government’s statement [1] on a strategy to reduce animal experiments:

“When the coalition government pledged to reduce animals in research, the British public and nearly 170 MPs who supported the pledge in an Early Day Motion hoped for a forward-looking and comprehensive strategy for change in the face of ever-increasing numbers of animal experiments. Instead, the government has simply called on the National Centre for the Replacement, Refinement and Reduction of Animals in Research to continue doing what it has been doing already, but without the far-reaching vision or resources to implement a meaningful paradigm shift in life sciences research. HSI/UK is deeply disappointed by what appears to be a missed opportunity to advance humane science without animal suffering.”

A YouGov poll commissioned this month by HSI UK revealed that 69 percent of the British public want to see the government take action to reduce and replace animal experiments [2].


Humane Society International/UK and its partner organisations together constitute one of the world's largest animal protection organisations — backed by 11 million people. For nearly 20 years, HSI has been working for the protection of all animals through the use of science, advocacy, education and hands-on programmes. Celebrating animals and confronting cruelty worldwide — on the web at hsiuk.org.

Notes to Editors:

1. The government first pledged to “work to reduce the use of animals in scientific research” in its publication “The Coalition: Our programme for government". Lynn Featherstone’s statement to Parliament on 18 July stated that the government’s commitment would be “delivered through a science-led programme led by the National Centre for Replacement, Refinement and Reduction of Animals in Research (NC3Rs) ... The programme will focus on refinement as well as reduction and replacement and will coordinate action to minimise and reduce animal use and suffering while avoiding actions which might simply drive work abroad to countries where lower standards or less stringent testing guidelines apply.” The full statement can be viewed here: http://www.homeoffice.gov.uk/publications/about-us/parliamentary-business/written-ministerial-statement/testing-animals-reduce-use-wms/

2. All figures, unless otherwise stated, are from YouGov Plc. Total sample size was 2,864 adults. Fieldwork was undertaken between 3-4 July 2011. The survey was carried out online. The figures have been weighted and are representative of all GB adults (aged 18+).