by Kelly Morgan with BUAV:
21st May 2008
On the eve of the Crewe and Nantwich by-election, the British Union
for the Abolition of Vivisection (BUAV) announced statements from all
the main candidates on animal testing.
It is the first time that such an awareness campaign about candidates’
views on animal testing has been initiated during a by-election with
the BUAV the only animal protection group to be actively campaigning.
A billboard poster can be seen on Edleston Road in Crewe and local
advertisements have been taken out in the Crewe and Nantwich Chronicle
Chief Executive of the BUAV, Michelle Thew said, "The BUAV welcomes
the statements by the candidates on this important issue. Voters
concerned about animal welfare will now be able to see for the first
time what the candidates have said about what they will do to work
towards ending animal tests. We look forward to working with a new
Crewe and Nantwich MP who will actively raise this issue in
"In this crucial by-election every vote counts and we would urge
constituents to support the candidate who has set out the strongest
views on how they would make Crewe and Nantwich cruelty free."
Notes to editors
1 For further information please contact The Chief Executive, Michelle
Thew is available for interview.
2 The candidates’ statements are available on the BUAV website
3 The BUAV will be giving out leaflets on the candidates’ views on
Thursday 22nd May on Victoria Street, Crewe in the morning and
Churchyard Side in Nantwich in the afternoon.
4 The billboard can be seen on the corner of Edleston Road and Brook
Street in Crewe on the main approach into the town centre, postcode
The BUAV has been campaigning for over 100 years to achieve a world
where nobody wants or believes we need to experiment on animals. We
are committed to achieving our aims through reliable and reasoned
evidence-based debate. We are proudly non-violent and respect the
quality of life for all – animals and people.
For more information contact: Paul Marsden, Director of Policy, BUAV
on 020 7619 6992 or 07813 960 727/Out of hours mobile: 07850 510 955 /
In summary, here's what the candidates have told BUAV:-
Tamsin Dunwoody (Labour Party)
"Animal experimentation should only be carried out where there is no
alternative and for reasons that are of significant human benefit.
Organisations that carry out experimentation must be licensed and
subject to regular inspection. I support Labour's policy which aims to
reduce the number of animals used in experiments, refine techniques to
minimise suffering and replace with non-animal alternatives whenever
possible... I would support increased transparency, prioritising non-animal science and alternate testing on household products where
Mike Nattrass (UK Independence Party)
"As an MEP I have been consistently against cruelty to animals... I
support increased transparency and accountability in animal
experimentation; I support prioritising non-animal science; I support
banning the use of animals to test household products".
Elizabeth Shenton (Liberal Democrats)
"Not enough effort is being made to fund modern techniques which
provide alternatives to experimenting on live animals... we would
divert some of the money currently used to finance testing on animals
to fund research into alternatives... I do not agree with the testing
of household and beauty products on animals... I am a strong
campaigner for less animal testing across the board."
Robert Smith (Green Party)
"The Green Party and myself opposes the use of animal experimentation,
particularly on cosmetic products and other household products, as
well as experimentation using genetic manipulation... I would like to
see increased transparency and accountability on animal
experimentation... the Green party would seek to divert all funding
currently going into animal based experimentation into non animal
Edward Timpson (Conservative Party)
"I believe it is time to look closely at animal testing legislation to
ensure that it is as robust as possible... I am deeply concerned that,
for a fifth consecutive year, [Home Office] figures show that the
number of animals used in scientific procedures has risen. We must, in
every circumstance, weigh the benefits to humans, other animals and
the environment, against the cost to the animals involved. Accepting
this, the Conservative Party is also committed to tackling this issue
where Labour has failed. A 15 per cent rise in the number of living
animals used in scientific procedures since 2001 is unacceptable and
the Home Office has shown scant regard for this spiralling trend. As
for a ban on using animals to test household products, the
Conservative Party is open to such a prospect but a final decision
will not be taken until late June."