Friday, 16 May 2014

Opening the Doors on Animal Testing

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I am so pleased that we are where we are in the UK with animal testing.  I used to get depressed and angry in equal measures at the frequent stories of harassment and violence by anti-vivisection demonstrators 20 or so years ago.
It is to the credit of Tony Blair and Sheffield's David Blunkett (home secretary at the time), who changed the law making such violence a very serious offence, that we are in the happier position we are in today. Openness is good and will only strengthen the backing of the public for sensible animal testing. This is crucial if the wish of successive governments that Britain must remain at the forefront of biomedical research is to be realised.