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Testing on Animals

  • Submitted by: Christine Grahame, Midlothian South, Tweeddale and Lauderdale, Scottish National Party.
  • Date lodged: Thursday, 14 October 2021
  • Motion reference: S6M-01650

That the Parliament understands that, despite reported findings that animal testing cannot be reliably translated to humans, over half a million experiments on animals are carried out in the country each year; further understands that there are a range of innovative, non-animal methods available that can produce results applicable to humans; recognises that Scotland is seen as a global leader in science and innovation and has the potential to be so in human-relevant science; further recognises that some researchers are already working to that end, which also presents an opportunity for the economy; acknowledges that the European Parliament recently adopted a resolution calling on the European Commission to accelerate the transition from the use of animals in research and testing to human-relevant science across EU states; understands that a YouGov poll taken in March 2021 for the organisation, Cruelty Free International, suggested that 76% of adults agreed that support for alternative methods should be prioritised in science and innovation funding, and further suggested that 62% of adults agreed that deadlines should be set to phase out animal testing, and believes that the Scottish Government should facilitate collaboration between academia, government, industry and the third sector to work proactively towards the development and implementation of replacement methods by providing funding incentives, and should pressure the UK Government to do likewise and phase out the use of animals in scientific procedures.

Supported by: Karen Adam, Jackie Baillie, Neil Bibby, Sarah Boyack, Siobhian Brown, Ariane Burgess, Maggie Chapman, James Dornan, Bill Kidd, Monica Lennon, Gillian Mackay, Rona Mackay, Ruth Maguire, John Mason, Stuart McMillan, Pauline McNeill, Jenni Minto, Carol Mochan, Audrey Nicoll, Emma Roddick, Alex Rowley, Mark Ruskell, Colin Smyth, Paul Sweeney, Michelle Thomson, Evelyn Tweed, Mercedes Villalba