MPs to debate petition relating to animal testing
14 October 2021
On Monday 25 October, MPs will debate a petition relating to animal testing. This debate had to be rescheduled from 18 October, following the tragic death of Sir David Amess MP.
- Watch the debate (from 6pm, Monday 25 September)
- Read the debate transcript (available shortly after the conclusion of the debate)
- Follow the Committee on Twitter and join the discussion using #AnimalTestingDebate
The debate will be opened by Martyn Day MP, a member of the Petitions Committee, and MPs from all parties can take part. George Freeman MP, Minister for Science, Research and Innovation will respond on behalf of the Government.
Ban Animal Testing - Fund, accept & promote alternatives to animal testing
The petition, which has more than 235,000 signatures, states: “We would like the Government to ban all animal testing UK, including for the development of cosmetics, household products and medicines. Alternatives need to be actively funded. Many products that are tested on animals end up not being suitable for humans. Animal testing is outmoded and should end.”
In its response to the petition, provided on 4 August 2021, the Government said: “Scientific research using animals is vital in understanding how biological systems work in health and disease. Government oversees development of 3Rs techniques and delivery of robust regulation.”
Plan to phase out animal experiments
The petition, which has more than 83,000 signatures, states: “The Government must recognise the urgent need to use animal-free science and publish a clear and ambitious action plan with timetables and milestones to drive the phase-out of animal experiments. As well as preventing animal suffering, this will benefit public health and business.”
In its response to the petition, provided on 4 August 2021, the Government said: “The Government funds and supports the development of techniques that replace, reduce and refine the use of animals in research (3Rs). This is primarily delivered by the National Centre for the 3Rs.”
What are petitions debates?
Petitions debates are ‘general’ debates which allow MPs from all parties to discuss the important issues raised by one, or more petitions, and put their concerns to Government Ministers.