Call for ban on charities fighting animal experiments to be ditched

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Actor Peter Egan, the vice president of the RSPCA, is lobbying the government to ban charities campaigning against animal experiments.

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He was called by fellow actor Ricky Gervais to end the 70-year-old moratorium, as lawmakers prepare to debate laboratory animal tests on Monday.

The RSPCA and other animal charities are often criticized for not fighting against animal experiments – but the law prevents them from doing so if they want to maintain their charitable status.


In 1950, the High Court ruled that the National Anti-Vivisection Society (Navs) did not qualify for charity status because it held that the suppression of vivisection “was contrary to the benefit of the community and therefore did not have a charitable purpose in law”.

Protesters will gather in Westminster for Monday’s debate and also call for an independent science hearing in animal experimentation. Organizers of the idea say the hearing will be presided over by a panel of experts from clinical medicine, philosophy of science, evolutionary biology, clinical research, drug development and basic research.

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Signed by more than 80 MPs parliamentary motion Called upon the government to launch a public scientific hearing, which would be the first of its kind.

Egan said: “As vice president of the RSPCA, I am shocked to learn that this, and other registered animal charities, including Animal Free Research, have declined to support the science hearings called for by EDM 175, and the law. has been prevented from being ended by cruel animal experiments.”

The resolution stated that the hearing was “by independent experts from relevant science fields, to prevent funding of the now-proven-failed practice of animal experimentation and to increase funding for cutting-edge human-based research, such as treatments for human patients and As a human-on-chip and gene-based medicine to prioritize treatment and prevent suffering of laboratory dogs and other animals.

MPs will debate two petitions on Monday, one calling for the government to ban all animal testing, including those in the development of cosmetics, household products and drugs. Others call for phasing out animal experiments.

The NAVS, founded in 1895, maintains that it was a charity until 1947, when the Inland Revenue challenged the charitable status of groups opposed to animal experiments.

It added: “In order to take charitable status, in addition to our public, NAVs would be obliged to give up our work to change the law on animal experiments, including drafting legislation, working with government departments and Educating legislators around the world involves education work.

“In our view, this work is the most important thing we can do to achieve lasting protection for animals and therefore our members have decided that the financial benefits of charitable status should be sacrificed, which is the right thing for animals. and necessary.”

Since the summer, animal lovers have been protesting daily outside the gates of a beagle breeding center in Huntingdon, Cambridgeshire. MBR Acre breeds up to 2,000 dogs a year which are sold as puppies in laboratories.

Earlier this year, Home Secretary Priti Patel was reported to have started reviewing animal testing in a phased manner.

Ricky Gervais said he was surprised that he was planning to gradually phase out “horrible” experiments on dogs and other animals, which could take decades.

“Such experiments are now proving a complete failure of the search for human treatments and cures, a position reported by the British Medical Journal, the FDA and the US-based National Cancer Institute,” he said.

“We need to urgently put an end to this shocking animal cruelty, which is clearly also stalling medical progress.”

Human-based trials have a proven track record of success, he said.

The new Animal Sentence Bill, going through the House of Lords, entitles animals in law to the ability to experience pleasure and feel pain and suffering.

Egan has also launched parliamentary petition Called for inclusion of laboratory animals in the Animal Welfare Act to save them from suffering.

He criticized the petition for gradually phasing out “this catastrophic human medical failure”, adding: “Animal trials have a 90 percent fail rate – as rightly stated in the petition – whereas human-based research, such as That gene-based medicine comes with an impressive track record of success.

Egan with the rescued Beagle Scarlett

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Egan with the rescued Beagle Scarlett

“Human-based research is the opposite of animal experiments – these are not ‘substitutes’ for one another. The time has come for the government to allow registered charities to propagate with up-to-date medical knowledge.”

Granthshala The government has been asked to comment. It said the Charity Commission would respond regarding restrictions on campaigning.


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