Animal charity Cruelty Free International has spoken out about its disappointment regarding the UK government’s failure to rule out duplicate animal testing following Britain’s exit from the European Union.
Kwasi Kwarteng, the Parliamentary Under-Secretary of State for Exiting the European Union, was questioned by Shadow Minister Jenny Chapman in parliamentary questions on EU exit in the House of Commons last week regarding the minister’s failure to rule out the duplicate tests, with Chapman asking the minister whether he was ‘opposed to unnecessary testing on animals.”
Kwarteng responded that the motion had already been discussed last summer and that the government would ‘“try to maintain standards (and regulations) on the protection of animal rights.”
Disappointed by the answer, Cruelty Free International has since written to the Minister calling for confirmation on the matter and has urged the government “to use Brexit as an opportunity to strengthen policies and create meaningful long-lasting change for the millions of animals used in experiments.”
Kerry Postlewhite, Director of Public Affairs for Cruelty Free International, says: “This is an issue that the UK public repeatedly says is of great concern to them and is of fundamental importance as we move from EU chemical safety rules to UK rules.
“We very much hope, in the interest of animals, UK citizens and the UK chemicals industry that the government will make very clear that there will be no duplicate animal testing as a result of this transition. In the face of repeated questioning by industry, politicians and campaigners who all believe there must be no duplicate testing, the government’s response has been deeply disappointing.”