From ANIMAL PEOPLE, April 1999:
Starting April 1, the Animal Procedures
Committee of the British Home Office will gain the
authority to close labs if they fail to provide detailed
descriptions of experiments and explain the use of
animals instead of non-animal research techniques,
Home Secretary Jack Straw said in February.
“They will have to justify every test,
explain the exact conditions in which the animals are
kept, and prove they meet all standards,” Straw stated.
“If the Procedures Committee decides any aspect
of the treatment is inappropriate, the license will be
The 300 licensed British laboratories experiment
on about 2.7 million animals per year.