To use the influence of experts and politicians to raise
the welfare of animals nationally and internationally.
To use the influence of experts and politicians to raise the welfare of animals nationally and internationally.
| Laboratory Animals
Using animals in experiments is a controversial issue and it remains the case that there is disagreement over whether experiments on animals are necessary or whether they are alternatives. In the UK, the use of animals in experiments is regulated by the Animals (Scientific Procedures) Act 1986, which is administered by the Home Office. Under this law, all breeding and use of animals has to be carried out in licenced premises, the research itself has to be set out in detail in a project licence which is submitted to the Home Office for authorisation, and the people carrying out the research also have to be licenced.
APGAW focuses on the 3Rs -reduction, refinement and replacement. It should be ensured that, as far as is reasonably practicable, that no alternative to the use of animals is possible, that the number of animals used is minimised and that procedures, care routines and husbandry are refined to maximise welfare.
APGAW also works to get better transparency over the use of animals in scientific procedures.
| News from APGAW
NB: This is not the APGAW annual workplan. It is an overview of issues which APGAW has worked on and keeps on its rolling agenda of issues to watch for Government progression. All issues listed below are those that has had some form of Government action. Key...read more
The Animal Welfare (Licensing of Activities Involving Animals) (England) Regulations 2018 come into force today The myriad of licensing systems that local authorities use to regulate businesses which deal with animals, or animal activities, have been in place for over...read more
Ib light of the proposed new Animal Welfare Bill which will set out animal sentience within the workings of Government post Brexit, APGAW hosted a panel discussion on sentience and how best to frame it within legislation. A note on the discussion can be hereread more
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