The programme will replace animal use wherever possible, reduce the number of animals used, and, where animal use is unavoidable, refine the procedures involved so as to minimise suffering.
Ban on household products
The government has also announced proposals to end the testing of household products on animals by adding a condition to relevant project licences. It will now consult with industry.
Home Office Minister, Lynne Featherstone said: ‘We have one of the most stringent systems in the world to regulate animal procedures and ensure appropriately high standards of animal welfare are maintained.
‘This government wants to take this further, and this is why we have committed to work to reduce the use of animals in scientific research.
‘We believe it is possible to sell household products without inflicting pain and suffering on animals, and it is unacceptable that testing in this area continues. We propose to implement a ban through our licensing powers, and we are inviting stakeholders to share their views so we can end this practice as soon as possible.’