SECOND LEGAL CHALLENGE
BUAV launches judicial review proceedings
Following the joint Animal Aid/NAVS High
Court challenge to John Prescott, the BUAV has launched its own important
case in which the government and Cambridge University are again in the
dock. The following statement was released in January by the BUAV.
The BUAV is taking the Government to court in a Judicial Review,
using our shocking undercover investigation of primate brain research
at Cambridge University, as its main evidence.
The BUAV believes that the Government routinely underestimates (and therefore
misrepresents to the public) the level of suffering experienced by animals
- particularly primates - used in experiments. The BUAV's undercover exposé
at Cambridge University, as well as many other BUAV investigations dating
back over 14 years, provide ample and damning evidence.
The BUAV aims to show how the Home Office fails to take account of many
aspects of lab animal suffering when applying what the law calls the 'cost:benefit'
test (weighing up the cost to the animal against the perceived benefit
of performing the test).
The BUAV firmly believes that the public is being seriously misled about
the extent to which animals are made to suffer in UK labs. The appalling
Cambridge experiments (involving monkeys having the top of their skull
sawn off and parts of their brain sucked out) were categorised by the
Government as causing only 'moderate' suffering. The BUAV intends to use
its Cambridge investigation evidence to challenge this position.
Animal Aid/NAVS High Court Challenge >>
BUAV statement, 14 January 2004