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Animals in Scientific Procedures

The moral objection to the use of animals in scientific procedures is a view held with conviction by some people and is one that the Government respects. However, Parliament has built in considerable safeguards to allow experimentation in limited circumstances and to ensure both proper regulation and monitoring. Although the situation may change in the future, the development of a number of new drugs, and medical and veterinary technologies which help to reduce suffering and prevent large-scale infections among humans and animals continues to depend on this carefully regulated use of animals for testing and research.

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18 January 2005

Breeding and Supply of Laboratory Animals in the UK  PDF (file size 42 kb)

17 January 2005

Revised project licence form  PDF (file size 21 kb)

23 December 2004

Written Ministerial Statement  PDF (file size 21 kb)

21 December 2004

Abstracts of Project Licences  PDF (file size 21 kb)


1 September 2004

Animals (Scientific Procedures) Act 1986:PCD Circular 1/2004
 PDF (file size 43 kb)

Annual Statistics

1 July 2004

Written Ministerial Statement announcing the outcome of the review of section 24 of the Animals (Scientific Procedures) Act 1986
 PDF (file size 14 kb)

11 June 2004

Animals (Scientific Procedures) Act 1986:PCD Circular 1/2004
 PDF (file size 41 kb)

21 May 2004

Update Inter-Departmental Group on the 3rs

5 March 2004

Follow up action from the Government Responses

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