The Animals (Scientific Procedures) Act 1986 requires that before an animal can be released from the controls of the Act, in order to be sent to a laboratory abroad, I must be assured that:
• the animal’s state of health allows it to be sent to a new establishment;
• the animal poses no danger to public health, animal health or the environment;
• there is an adequate scheme in place for ensuring the socialisation of the animal upon being sent to new establishment; and,
• appropriate measures have been taken to safeguard the animal’s well-being when being sent to a new establishment.
The Home Office will seek reassurance that there are appropriate measures to safeguard the well-being of protected animals exported, within the context of their use in scientific procedures. Consent is only given for export where it is to a recognised scientific research establishment with a requirement for the specific live animals and sending tissue is not practicable.