Home Office Statistics
The Home Office has released its Annual Report and statistics of
scientific procedures on living animals for 2013, which has shown a
decrease of 1.3% in thenumber of procedurescarried out on dogs, but
an 11% increase in thenumber of dogsbeing used in experiments. In
2013, 3,554 dogs were used in experiments, compared to 3,214 the
The campaigns team is disappointed that despite our success in
achieving the special protection for dogs in scientific experiments
during the transposition of the EU Directive 2010/63/EU into UK
law, the statistics are still rising.
The campaigns team will continue to raise this with the Home
Office and ensure that work is being done to minimise the use of
dogs in scientific experiments.
If you are concerned about the recent increase in the
statistics, then you can raise your concerns to your MP (find your
MP here: http://www.theyworkforyou.com/)
asking them to write to the Home Office (the department responsible
for regulating animals used in scientific experiments).
For more information, please visit:
Section 24 Consultation
The campaigns team has recently welcomed the Home Office's
consultation to review Section 24 which prevents the sharing of
information regarding animal experiments with the public and
industry even when the provider has no objection. Currently,
individuals who share this information risk committing a criminal
offence carrying up to two years imprisonment and an unlimited
The team has submitted our response (hyperlink) and argues that
amending Section 24 to facilitate the sharing of information on
animal experiments will help promote openness and transparency in
the industry which will ultimately help protect animal welfare.
However, we accept the need to retain confidentiality clauses to
protect intellectual property as well as the health and safety of
people and places involved in animal research.
The consultation responses are currently being reviewed. For
more information on the consultation, please visit: