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Government sets out its plans for protecting animals used in research

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CATS, dogs and equids used in scientific procedures will continue to receive special protection when new European legislation governing the welfare of animals used in research is transposed into UK law.

In a written ministerial statement on May 17, Lynne Featherstone, undersecretary of state at the Home Office, described elements of the Government's response to a public consultation it conducted last year on the options for transposing European Directive 2010/63/EU (VR, June 25, 2011, vol 168, pp 652, 673-674). The new directive replaces Directive 86/609/EEC, which is implemented in the UK by the Animals (Scientific Procedures) Act 1986. It came into force in November 2010, and EU member states have until November 10 this year to transpose its provisions, which must be implemented by January 1, 2013. Ms Featherstone reported that over 13,000 individuals and 98 organisations had responded to the consultation.

‘The Government welcomes the new directive, which …

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