Following a public consultation, the Labour Party has launched their Animal Welfare Manifesto, which sets out plans to end all scientific procedures involving animals that are classified as “severe”. Their long-term objective is to phase out animal testing entirely. It also proposes launching a review to eliminate avoidable tests, making animal testing project licenses open and transparent, and developing and validating non-animal methods.

Whilst Labour says the manifesto promises to “drive up standards and practice in line with the most recent advances and understanding”, it has attracted criticism from some amongst the medical research sector. Wendy Jarrett, CEO of Understanding Animal Research, said “it seems as though the party has ignored the responses of the scientific, veterinary and medical research sector: animal research remains a small but essential part of discovering and developing new treatments for humans and for animals”.

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