UK Labour Party Wants To Change Law That Permits 'Severe Suffering' For Animals In Experiments

The group wants to see more transparency and alternative methods used
Many mice are abused in animal experiments

The UK Labour Party recently unveiled a list of animal welfare proposals - including banning foie gras imports and improving conditions on certain farms.

The 50-point strategy also included draft plans to help animals in laboratories. These include policies to end avoidable animal tests, increase transparency around animal testing, and stop tests that cause severe suffering to animals.

The document says the Party wants to: "Commit to ending within an achievable timeframe, the permitting of 'severe' suffering as defined in UK legislation."


Home Office statistics show that 3.94 million procedures were carried out in the course of scientific research in 2016. 51 percent of that figure was accounted for by experiments and 49 percent in relation to the breeding of genetically modified animals for research.

The majority (60 percent) of the 2.02 million experimental procedures completed in 2016 involved mice, followed by fish (14 percent), rats (12 percent) and birds (seven percent).

Almost half (46 percent) of these experimental procedures were classed as 'mild', with six percent classed as severe.

Labour wants to see alternative testing used


Animal welfarists have welcomed these proposals.

Michelle Thew, CEO of Cruelty Free International, says: "These are developments for which we have campaigned tirelessly for years.

"It shows great progress that one of the major political parties is now committed to a positive plan for ending the suffering of animals in laboratories.

"The public will be overjoyed that their call for an end to cruel and unnecessary animal testing is being taken seriously. We believe this is the start of a journey that will finally put a stop to needless animal experiments in the UK."

Sign up for our newsletter to get the best of Plant Based News delivered to your inbox weekly.
PBN Academy launches with a selection of simple courses on health and wellness, how to rise a child vegan, reversing type-2 diabetes with diet and more. Join free today

Disclaimer: The opinions expressed in this article are prepared in the author's capacity and do not necessarily reflect the views and opinions of Plant Based News itself. 

Reuse this content
PBN Contributor:

Maria is the Editor of Plant Based News. A former magazine editor, newspaper reporter, and features writer, her work has been published by The Guardian, The Huffington Post, and various regional newspapers. She was previously the editor of Vegan Life magazine and Vegan Trade Journal. She has interviewed a huge range of people, from Prime Ministers to authors, activists, pop stars and actors, and enjoys the varied range of topics writing for PBN allows her to tackle. You can follow her on Twitter @MariaChiorando and Instagram @mariachiorando.

(c) 2019 Plant Based News LTD. All Rights Reserved. Content must not be copied without permission.

Join the conversation

Since you're here...
Plant Based News is a FREE service that receives millions of views each week. This takes a lot of our personal time, money and hard work. But we do it because we KNOW it makes a difference. If those following our reporting helped by contributing, we could do even more. Please consider supporting us so we can create further awareness about animal rights, environmentalism, ethical consumerism and the plant-based lifestyle. Not a false narrative - but information that empowers people to make better choices.

It's World Vegan Day