Speaking as statistics on animal testing show a one per cent drop in licensed procedures, Ms Featherstone reaffirmed the government’s aim to reduce use of animals in scientific research across the board.
She said: ‘This government is committed to continuing with the highest standards of animal protection.
‘We are also committed to ending the testing of household products on animals and to working to reduce the use of animals in scientific research, and work is currently underway to see how this can be achieved whilst maintaining the UK’s position as a leader in scientific advancement.
‘The UK already has one of the most rigorous systems in the world to ensure that animal research and testing is strictly regulated. We ensure procedures are only carried out where completely necessary and that suffering is kept to an absolute minimum.’