The Kennel Club, the largest organisation dedicated to dog
welfare in the UK, has welcomed the release of a Home Office
consultation to review the level of secrecy involved in legislation
on scientific experiments on animals, and believes that greater
transparency is needed to protect animal welfare.
The consultation will review Section 24 of the Animals (Scientific
Procedures) Act 1986 (ASPA), which the Kennel Club says is a step
in the right direction in increasing transparency and ending the
ban on sharing information on animal experiments.
The Kennel Club previously responded to the transposition of the
EU Directive 2010/63/EU consultation, which requires the UK and all
other Member States to fully transpose the legislation into their
domestic law by January 2015. One of the concerns the Kennel Club
raised in its response to the consultation was the amendment of
Section 24 to better improve transparency and information
The current provisions under Section 24 mean that the Home Office
cannot disclose or release information surrounding animal
experiments received under ASPA 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 fine.
Caroline Kisko, Kennel Club Secretary, said: "The Kennel Club
calls on the government to amend Section 24 to facilitate the
sharing of information on animal experiments which will promote
openness and transparency in the industry, something that is of
course paramount when animal welfare is involved.
"Section 24 prevents the public from being openly informed about
what is being done in animal experiments and the justification for
"The Kennel Club does accept the need to retain confidentiality
clauses, however, that protect intellectual property as well as the
health and safety of particular people and places involved in
"We will be submitting a response to the consultation which will
call for an amendment of Section 24 to allow for information to be
disclosed in order to assist public understanding of the use of
animals in scientific experiments whilst taking into consideration
not compromising safety and commercially sensitive data. Such a
change would help reaffirm that the Coalition government is
genuinely dedicated to its commitment of promoting a more open and
transparent environment surrounding animal testing."
The deadline to respond to the consultation is June 13th. For more