Conservative Policy on Animal Research

The second in the series by The Guardian on the political parties and their science policies. The first was the LibDems.

The Guardian asks: Is animal testing necessary? Are the ethical concerns outweighed by the benefits? How would you like to see regulations on animal testing change under your government, if at all?

In an ideal world we would not need animal testing, but we could not stop it today without halting important scientific research. We want to work to reduce the use of animals in scientific procedures. Many British scientists and businesses are already working to refine, reduce and ultimately replace the use of animals. We would work with European and other international partners to encourage those “three Rs”.