Rt Hon David Willetts, Minister of State for Universities and Science, endorses the Big Animal Research Debate

Rt Hon David Willetts, the UK Minister of State for Universities and Science has endorsed the Big Animal Research Debate.

Adding to messages of support from across the scientific community, animal research campaigning groups and debate education providers, Mr Willetts, the Member of Parliament for Havant, said today

“Britain is at the forefront of scientific endeavour and medical development and the use of animals in scientific research - where there is no alternative - remains a vital tool in improving our understanding of how biological systems work in health and disease, the research and development of new medicines for humans and animals, the development of cutting edge medical technologies and protection of our environment. I hope the Big Animal Research Debate will encourage a better understanding among the British public, and especially among young people, about how and why animals are used”.

In addition to being a key member of the department for business, innovation and skills, Mr Willets has been a driving force for increased transparency in the field of animal research. The Minister helped to launchthe 2012 Declaration on Openness in Animal Research, alongside a coalition of research universities, pharmaceutical and bioscience businesses and top research universities. The Declaration committed its signatories to the creation of a Concordat that will ensure the public has access to information about research using animals in the UK.

About the Big Animal Research Debate
The Big Animal Research Debate is a new public debating project taking place in universities across Ireland, England, Scotland, Wales and beyond.

Between 14th and 17th October more than 30 university debating societies will hold public debates on the motion “This House would ban all forms of animal research”. A number of these debates will be streamed live on animalresearchdebate.org or made available to view on YouTube.

For more information about the Big Animal Research Debate or to get you university, school or college involved, get in touch by sending an email to contact@animalresearchdebate.org.

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