Delyn MP David Hanson has welcomed the decision to double the amount of funding aimed at reducing the number of animals used in research.
The National Centre for the Replacement, Refinement and Reduction of Animals in Research (NC3Rs) will see their funding substantially increase over the next three years. They provide a UK focus for the promotion, development and implementation of the 3Rs in animal research and testing.
The Centre currently receives just over £2 million per year from the Department for Innovation, Universities and Skills (DIUS) via the Medical Research Council (MRC) and the Biotechnology and Biological Sciences Research Council (BBSRC). However, this will increase to just over £5 million in 2010/11.
Replacement is the ultimate aim for the Centre, but as long as the use of animals continues to be necessary, every effort must be made to minimise the numbers used and improve their welfare. Optimal laboratory animal welfare is critical for scientific, ethical and legal reasons.
David Hanson said:
“I very much welcome this announcement as I have lobbied Government, on behalf of my constituents, on issues of animal welfare, now many years.
“I want to see more resources channeled into medical research that does not involve testing on animals and I am delighted that the NC3R will do able to develop its work with their budget now set to be doubled.