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Lords support animal experiments but call for alternatives

BMJ 2002; 325 doi: (Published 03 August 2002) Cite this as: BMJ 2002;325:238
  1. Roger Dobson
  1. Abergavenny

    Animal experiments are necessary, but more needs to be done to develop and promote alternative methods, says the House of Lords Select Committee on Animals in Scientific Procedures.

    In a new report the committee recommends the setting up of research units to find ways of reducing the need for animals and replacing them.

    “There is scope for the scientific community to give a greater priority to the development of non-animal methods,” it says. “The UK Government should use their influence to urge the EU to make the development and validation of replacements for animal experiments a priority, particularly in toxicology.”

    It also says that the Home Office should give urgent attention to simplifying licences, with the …

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