Thursday, 18 December 2014

Question on Animal Experiments

I support all of your measures. The Green Party leads the way against cruel and useless experiments on animals. With only 5 percent sucess in human trials it's not worth the risk anyway. Green Party Policy: AR413 In the UK, millions of animals are used each year in experiments which can cause great pain and suffering. There are significant differences between the physiology of animals and that of humans and the reliance on animal testing and experimentation increases the risks of adverse reactions and hampers progress. A large proportion of animals are used for non-medical testing and for duplicate research which could be avoided. There are now many techniques available for testing of chemicals, drugs and medical procedures and for researching disease that do not use animals. However, these alternatives are often not used and are not adequately funded or supported. AR414 The Green Party would ban all experimentation and research which harms animals, including harmful procedures used to obtain animal-derived materials. 'Harmful' is defined in this context as 'having the potential to cause pain, suffering, distress, lasting harm or death in animals, except where it is designed to benefit the individual animals concerned AR415 Government research funds will be transferred from animal tests to non-animal technologies, including epidemiology, computer models, micro-dosing, imaging, DNA chips, microfluidics chips and the use of human tissue. Much greater use will be made of epidemiological evidence and clinical data. Greens would also fund more research into prevention of disease, looking at diet, environment, family history and lifestyle. See this link for more Regards Dear Adrian I am writing to announce the launch of our Vote Cruelty Free website, a new platform publicising the views of candidates, to encourage compassionate people across the UK to use their vote for animals in laboratories in the 2015 General Election. Did you know that over 4 million animals are used for experiments in the UK each year? The 2010 Coalition Agreement included a pledge to work to reduce the number of animals used in ‘scientific procedures’, but since then the number of animals licenced to suffer in experiments has increased by more than 11%. Yet according to a 2014 Government survey, only 37% of people agree that it is acceptable to use animals for research. And 95% of new drugs tested on animals fail in human trials. The BUAV and Cruelty Free International, which work to end animal experiments, have set out six simple steps to reduce animal experiments in the next Parliament: 1. Ban experiments on cats and dogs 2. End the secrecy surrounding animal experiments 3. Stop importing monkeys for use in laboratories 4. End non-medical experiments 5. Stop genetically modifying animals pending a review 6. Stop suffering in the most extreme experiments Please can you let us know which of the above steps you support? Please send your response to ... Candidates’ views are being publicised on the Vote Cruelty Free website, which we will be promoting from January, so that compassionate people in your constituency can use their votes for animals in May. Our current records show that @AdrianWindisch/media, is the main Twitter account to contact you. Please let us know if this is incorrect, and we will update the Vote Cruelty Free website accordingly. Contact: Website: Twitter: @votecrueltyfree #VoteCrueltyFree Detailed information and full manifesto: We look forward to hearing from you. Best regards, Campaigns Officer British Union for the Abolition of Vivisection (BUAV) 16a Crane Grove London N7 8NN Direct: +44 (0) 20 7619 6976 Phone: +44 (0) 20 7700 4888 Fax: +44 (0) 20 7700 0252 Follow us on Facebook and Twitter The BUAV Vision is: To create a world where nobody wants or believes we need to experiment on animals. Half the battle to bring an end to animal suffering is funded by gifts in our supporters' wills. If the time is right for you to put a good cause in your will please remember ours. The British Union for the Abolition of Vivisection (BUAV) is a company limited by guarantee and registered in England and Wales as The Campaign to End All Animal Experiments (no. 04115167). Registered office address: 16a Crane Grove, London N7 8NN.

1 comment:

Adrian Windisch said...

This was the response.

Dear Adrian,

I just wanted to say thank you very much for your whole-hearted response. We had a fringe meeting at the Green Party conference in both the last two years, and were delighted with the very warm response.

If you have any queries about details of the issue which we can help with, please just ask.

All good wishes,