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Laboratory animals and the Animal Welfare Act to be debated by MPs

2 February 2022

On Monday 7 February, MPs will debate a petition relating to laboratory animals and the Animal Welfare Act.

Purpose of the debate

Martyn Day MP, a member of the Petitions Committee, has been asked by the Committee to open the debate. MPs from all parties can take part, and the Government will send a minister to respond. The debate will last up to 3 hours.

Change the law to include laboratory animals in the Animal Welfare Act

The petition, which received more than 110,000 signatures, states: “The Government needs to change the law so laboratory animals are included in the Animal Welfare Act. Laboratory animals are currently not protected by the Act and are therefore victims of 'unnecessary suffering'.”

In response to the petition, provided on 20 August 2021, the Government said: “The Government believes animal use for research remains important and The Animals (Scientific Procedures) Act 1986 (ASPA) provides specific protection for these animals”.

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.

Further information

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