PHASING OUT ANIMAL TESTING
I had a very constructive meeting with the Royal Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals (RSCPC) in Westminster to discuss the importance of phasing out testing on lab animals.
About 3 million scientific procedures are carried out using animals in the U.K. each year, whilst a further 1.8 million are bred and killed so that their organs or tissues can be used in research.
However, we know that using animals for medical research is counterproductive and has very strict scientific limitations.
Many animals are used in the development and testing of products ranging from food additives to pesticides.
Increasingly, the scientific world is keen to transition to non-animal science, so we need to phase out animals in labs altogether.
I support the drive to do so alongside the RSPCA and a range of other organisations.