East Yorkshire MP Sir Greg Knight is sponsoring a Parliamentary Motion calling for the Government to cut the number of animals used in experiments.
The motion calls for the Government to set targets for reductions in animal experimentation by May next year.
Sir Greg said: “Some progress has been made in reducing the number of animals used but too many are still used in situations where other equally good alternatives, such as sophisticated computer models, are available”.
Sir Greg added: “We must set firm and measurable goals to reduce animal experiments rather than just producing platitudes on this matter”.
Sir Greg’s comments were echoed by the Fund for the Replacement of Animals in Medical Experiments who said; “We are disappointed that no targets have been set in the Government’s plan to cut the number of animals used in UK laboratories”.
The text of the motion reads: “That this House notes the publication of Working to reduce the use of animals in scientific research, following the pledge in the Coalition Agreement to work to reduce the use of animals in scientific research; believes that effective implementation of this should lead to specific targets; is concerned that the document contains neither timescales nor targets for any reduction; and supports the British Union for the Abolition of Vivisection in its call for the Government to set unambiguous targets for reductions in animal experiments before the end of the current Parliament”.