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Neil Parish MP talks through the tough policy choices during the revision of the lab animal legislation

August 4th, 2011 No Comments

We recently interviewed Neil Parish MP, the first reading rapporteur for the revision of law protecting lab animals. In our first video, Neil expressed the challenges he faced during this review to find the right balance between helping science advance, while protecting animals as much as possible.

In this second video, Neil goes into detail on what drove his decisions that shaped the final legislation; policy regarded by some as contradictory and by others as too pro-science.

However, Neil is made of sterner stuff and I respect his final comment in the video, “I wasn’t going to be dictated by just the popular view, I was actually going to take a view that I could stand up in [sic] my conscience and live with”.

I’d be interested to hear your views on our chat with Neil, particularly his comments on the 3Rs (Replacement, Reduction, Refinement) policy. He believes the 3Rs focuses science and industry on reducing and find alternatives to using animals in research, do you?

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