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Use of stray and feral cats and dogs in animal experiments
The guiding principle in discussions concerning the use of any animal in medical research should be the implementation of the 3Rs and in particular the search for alternatives.
The new EU Directive on animal experiments will mean that the UK has not only a moral obligation but a legal requirement to develop and promote alternatives to animal experimentation and to use non-animal alternatives in place of animal experiments.
There should be no scientific, moral or ethical reason to use stray and feral animals in medical research even if such practices are outlined in legislation. It is our responsibility to ensure that the development of alternatives to animal experimentation takes place so that the issue of using stray animals never arises.
Over the last four decades, the Dr Hadwen Trust has funded research that has helped develop reliable alternatives to animal experimentation while contributing to scientific breakthroughs in diverse areas of medical research including cancer, Alzheimer’s, asthma, kidney, heart and liver disease and diabetes.
We want the Government and the wider scientific community to address the urgent need for more funding for alternatives to be developed and to help shape a more effective and humane future for medical research.
I'm strongly against the use of animals for any testing. Animals should be treated in the same way as humans & to abuse them by using them in testing is not acceptable. What right have humans to experiment on an innocent being !!
Horrid and should not take place in a civilized country. Kirsten Hansen
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