Day Motions have now closed for this session of parliament. EDM569 finished
with the support of 243 MPs, ranking it joint 10th out of 2,421 EDMs in
this parliamentary session. In other words, it was better supported that
99.5% of other EDMs. EDM569 calls for an evaluation of animal and non animal
methods to establish whether some animal tests can be discontinued.
Interestingly, one of the few EDMs attracting more support was the sixth-placed
EDM545 which called for more resources and political will to be directed
towards reversing the increases in numbers of animals used in experiments.
Many people were pleasantly suprised at how eagerly their MP agreed to support
EDM569. On the last day the EDM was even supported by Evan Harris. Harris
has been an outspoken supporter of animal testing and an opponent of similar
The undoubted success of EDM569 is another example of the support there
is for a reasonable policy on animal testing based on discussion and evaluation
as opposed to relying on those involved in the practice to make responsible
decisions without being monitored. Safer Medicines, who instigated the EDM,
will continue to call for an inquiry, which as well as being a very reasonable
and acceptable request offers massive potential for advances in this area.
Dusk 'til Dawn
An Insider's View of the Growth of the Animal Liberation Movement