CAMPAIGN CORRESPONDENCE


  • Animal Testing

    23 July 2019

    Dear Constituent,

    Thank you for contacting me about animal testing.

    The carefully regulated use of animals in scientific research remains a vital tool in improving the understanding of how biological systems work and in the development of safe new medicines, treatments and technologies.

    At the same time, I believe that animals should only be used when there is no practicable alternative and I welcome the support and funding for the development and dissemination of techniques that replace, reduce and refine the use of animals in research (the 3Rs).

    Without animal testing, it is considered highly likely that a large number of potentially dangerous new medicines would be tested in healthy volunteers and patients in clinical trials. However, encouraging new cutting-edge approaches to science will ensure that standards of animal welfare are improved.

    Advances in biomedical science and technologies are all providing new opportunities to reduce reliance on the use of animals in research. As part of this, a Non-animal Technologies Road map for the UK has been produced which offers an approach for the UK to develop, exploit and deploy new non-animal technologies for long-term economic and societal benefit. 

    Thank you again for taking the time to contact me.

    Yours sincerely,



    Mel Stride MP


    MP for Central Devon

    Lord President of the Council and Leader of the House of Commons







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