More than 4,500 emails have been sent through our website to MP’s since last Friday, and MPs have been receiving many more directly. I am blown away by the speed and size of this response.
I know that this is a reflection of the depth of public feeling about this issue – that it’s just not okay to do animal testing of recreational drugs.
The Psychoactive Substances Bill will be having its second reading on Thursday and I am hoping for many more emails to be sent before then.
Some of you have been sending me the responses you have been getting from other MPs. I have been very interested to see their comments. Paul Hutchinson, the chair of the committee that considered the bill and who made the call not to hear submissions on the issue of animal testing, is concerned about the effect of these drugs on young people’s brains. I am too, but short term safety testing using animals isn’t going to pick up developmental impacts. Animal testing is not going to prove that these drugs won’t affect developing brains. Paul Hutchinson didn’t hear the evidence that non-animal tests can be as good or better predictors of safety, because he didn’t allow these submissions to be heard.
One of you sent me an incredibly moving undercover video of the realities of animal drug testing. Warning – this is a heart-breaking thing to watch as it really brings home the sadness of the process. Even without being forced to take the drugs, keeping animals in these sterile steel cages in isolation is bleak to say the least.