Protection of Animals

Petitions – in the House of Commons at 11:05 am on 16th November 1979.

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Photo of Mr Peter Fry Mr Peter Fry , Wellingborough 11:05 am, 16th November 1979

With your permission, Mr. Speaker, and that of the House, I beg leave to present the national petition for the protection of animals. In doing so I ask that the names of the right hon. Member for Western Isles (Mr. Stewart) and the hon. Members for Derby, North (Mr. Whitehead) and Isle of Wight (Mr. Ross) be joined with mine to show that the petition has all-party support.

The petition is the brainchild of Mr. Bill Brown of Crowthorne in Berkshire, whose enthusiasm, hard work and dedication have led to the petition, which has 1·25 million signatures already, with some 10,000 more being added every week.

The petition is as follows

To the honourable the Commons of the United Kingdom of Great Britain and Northern Ireland in Parliament assembled
The humble petition of the undersigned Citizens of Great Britain and Northern Ireland sheweth that
Under the Cruelty to Animals Act 1876 unjustifiable suffering can be caused to animals used for experimental purposes
Wherefore your Petitioners pray that your Honourable House will take all measures as may be necessary to:
  1. 1. Minimise the suffering of such animals before, during and after experiment.
  2. 2. Encourage the development of non-sentient alternatives, in order to phase out, as soon as is technically possible, the use of living animals for experimental purposes.
  3. 3. Forbid the use of living animals for non-medical purposes.
  4. 4. Establish much greater control over tests on living animals directed principally to commercial gain.
  5. 5. Remove the secrecy which surrounds the majority of experimental establishments.
  6. 6. Until alternatives replace animals for research, only those bred for the purpose, under meticulous control, shall be used.
  7. 7. Bring under control all procedures of a scientific nature involving animals for experimental purposes.
  8. 8. Prohibit the export of animals to countries having laws which offer less protection to laboratory animals than those in the United Kingdom.

I beg leave to present the petition.

To lie upon the Table.