Target: Minister of State for the Home Office Norman Baker
Goal: Praise Norman Baker for ending animal testing in the United Kingdom
Norman Baker is the Minister of State for the Home Office in the United Kingdom, and he has recently publicized his intent to end animal testing in the UK. While he stated that this is a moral issue, the country should also find alternatives to animal testing because it will be good for the country’s economy. Using other methods will prevent the suffering of millions of animals annually, and Baker should be praised for wanting to the end the mistreatment of animals.
Animal testing has brought a myriad of treatments for cancer, along with vaccines for Parkinson’s disease, asthma, and HIV, but at the cost of these animals suffering and dying. And while the medical discoveries have benefited us, opponents to animal testing say that there are alternatives. Norman Baker says that there will be legislation to increase transparency in animal testing so that the public will know more about what happens during these experiments. Currently, acquiring such information on these tests are blocked by the Home Office, and the researcher’s privacy is protected by the Animal Act. Baker’s campaign to end the suffering of animals is supported by other celebrities, such as Joanna Lumley and Eddie Izzard.
Between the years 1995 and 2013, experiments on animals have jumped by 52%, and most of these animals are mice, fish, and rats. There has been a 6% increase in breeding modified animals, with a 5% decrease in other procedures. There has also been an increase in the use of guinea pigs, sheep, rabbits, pigs, gerbils, monkeys, and reptiles in these experiments. It’s estimated that millions of these animals die from animal testing every year, and the United Kingdom is the leading nation in these experiments.
It is already illegal in the United Kingdom to test cosmetics and other ingredients on animals, and experiments should only be conducted if they are for medical research. However, the minister is additionally pushing for new alternatives so our animals do not have to suffer. Praise Norman Baker for adding his voice to the fight against animal testing.
Dear Minister Norman Baker,
Recently, you announced your wish to end animal testing, and while you realize that such changes won’t happen overnight, you have a plan in mind to stop these horrific tests. Humans are innovative enough that we can find alternative methods to harming innocent animals. We shouldn’t have to put other animals at risk for our sake.
I am writing to praise you for this campaign, and I hope that animal testing will be banned completely in the future. Our animals have the right to happiness, and they shouldn’t be bred for the sole purpose of being injected with unknown substances or live out the rest of their days in a cage.
[Your Name Here]
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