Animal protection campaigners today welcomed the support of Ceredigion’s local Welsh Liberal Democrat MP Mark Williams for important advances in the effort to reduce the use of animals in laboratories.
Twin campaigns by the BUAV, Britain's leading organisation campaigning to end animal experiments, call for lifting the secrecy surrounding the licensing of animal experiments and an end to the use of animal testing for household products such as washing-up liquid.
Both campaigns have been accepted in principle by the Government, who promised last year to implement the changes before the election, but with time running out Williams has joined with 76 colleagues across all parties to support a motion calling for immediate action.
Commenting Mark Williams said:
“I am pleased the Government expressed support for these campaigns which will allow animal experiment licenses to be obtained under Freedom of Information Act rules and will end the use of animal experiments to test household product ingredients. I would urge the Government, following the previous commitment given, to pursue these matters with haste in order that these measures can be introduced as soon as possible.”
BUAV Chief Executive, Michelle Thew said:
"We welcome Mark Williams’ support for this motion. When a consensus on progress has finally been reached, it would be very frustrating if it failed to materialise due to Government inaction in the last two months of this Parliament. We hope that Mr. Williams’ backing will help secure these important steps in making a difference for animals in laboratories."