Target: Jo Johnson, UK Minister for Universities and Science
Goal: Immediately ban university found engaging in cruel and needless animal experimentation from carrying out any more animal tests.
A prestigious university has reportedly been seriously mistreating animals on several counts, from failing to provide proper care for them to making no effort to reduce numbers of animals experimented on. New statistics released by the United Kingdom’s Home Office reveal that Imperial College London has done little to improve the conditions of the animals in its care since an audit in 2014 found a “widespread poor culture of care.”
Aside from being subjected to painful and distressing tests, the mice, rats, fish, monkeys, dogs, cats and even horses used by the university in scientific testing are reportedly not receiving adequate care. Moreover, numbers of live animals used in testing have remained virtually the same year on year since 2013, showing that the university has made no effort to abide by the government’s stated intention of reducing the quantity of animals forced to suffer through gruesome tests. The percentage of animals involved in “severe” experimentation, classified as causing a “major departure from the animal’s usual state of health and well-being,” has also not significantly been reduced, meaning that Imperial is not committed to reducing animal suffering.
Sign this petition urging the government to revoke Imperial College London’s license to experiment on animals, as it has proven itself to take the suffering of sentient beings far too lightly.
Dear Mr. Johson,
A new report from the Home Office reveals that animal testing is still far too prevalent countrywide, despite new humane and more accurate research methods being widely available. One university in particular, Imperial College London, has seemingly made no effort to reduce the quantity of animals it experiments on, with statistics showing that number of animals used in tests has stayed similar for over three years.
Moreover, the institution continues to subject these animals to “severe” tests and reportedly does not give them an adequate care. Therefore, this university must immediately be stripped of its license to experiment on animals, seeing as it is seemingly not apt to properly care for these sentient creatures.
Please also ensure the government’s stated intent of reducing the number of animals used in scientific testing is followed through, as 4 million tests carried out on live animals per year is far too many. Universities and other laboratories must all be urgently encouraged to replace animal testing with more efficient and cruelty-free alternatives.
[Your Name Here]
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