East Yorkshire MP Sir Greg Knight is sponsoring a Parliamentary Motion calling for the Government to cut the number of animals used in experiments.

The motion calls for the Government to set targets for reductions in animal experimentation by May next year.

Sir Greg said: “Some progress has been made in reducing the number of animals used but too many are still used in situations where other equally good alternatives, such as sophisticated computer models, are available”.

Sir Greg added: “We must set firm and measurable goals to reduce animal experiments rather than just producing platitudes on this matter”.

Sir Greg’s comments were echoed by the Fund for the Replacement of Animals in Medical Experiments who said; “We are disappointed that no targets have been set in the Government’s plan to cut the number of animals used in UK laboratories”.