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EU rules do not threaten pets and strays

June 21st, 2011

The following letter has been sent to the Sunday Express, after a story claiming that EU rules would allow experiments on pets and stray animals.

Your front-page on EU plans to use pets in scientific experiments is nonsense. The pets of Britain are safe from scientific experiments. EU rules state that only animals specifically bred for research can be used. Only where the research specifically relates to stray animals (say, into illnesses that could be passed to children after contact with strays) can an exception be made.


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