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Brexit: A New Dawn for Animals Used in Research, or a Threat to the ‘Most Stringent Regulatory System in the World’? A report on the development of a Brexit manifesto for Animals Used in Science.

Sparks, P and Brooman, SD Brexit: A New Dawn for Animals Used in Research, or a Threat to the ‘Most Stringent Regulatory System in the World’? A report on the development of a Brexit manifesto for Animals Used in Science. UK Journal of Animal Law, 2 (1). (Accepted)

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Abstract

As Britain prepares to leave the European Union, much discussion is taking place as to how this will affect the law relating to animals in the United Kingdom. Does Brexit present a threat to animal welfare, or an opportunity for positive reform? This article discusses the impact of Brexit in the context of animals used in research. In particular, it examines work of the Association of Lawyers for Animal Welfare (ALAW), its advisors and other campaign groups, to influence the Brexit agenda and create a manifesto for animals. How does this discussion fit with the link between science, philosophy and law and where will this leave the United Kingdom as it makes its own way in the world? Is UK law, often lauded by those who use animals in experimentation as a beacon of animal welfare regulation, likely to emerge stronger or weaker? We argue that Brexit presents an opportunity to address issues around severe suffering, freedom of information and continued reform to take account of developing knowledge of suffering and sentience. The need for funding to research alternatives is identified as paramount. We suggest that, if adopted by the UK government, the manifesto presents an opportunity for the United Kingdom to, once again, become the initiator of legislation to reform the protection of animals used in science.

Item Type: Article
Uncontrolled Keywords: Brexit; Animal Welfare; Research Animals
Subjects: K Law > K Law (General)
Q Science > QH Natural history > QH301 Biology
Divisions: School of Law
Publisher: United Kingdom Centre for Animal Law
Date Deposited: 20 Dec 2017 10:05
Last Modified: 15 Sep 2018 05:27
URI: http://researchonline.ljmu.ac.uk/id/eprint/7632

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