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Making your voice heard

How can you most effectively make your voices heard in parliament?

Contacting your local MP is one of the most effective ways to make your voice heard. They represent your constituency in parliament and can bring forward issues raised by their constituents in the House of Commons. You can find all the details on who your local MP is and how to contact them at members.parliament.uk/FindYourMP 

Creating petitions is also an effective way to bring an issue to the attention of the government, and rally support from the public and MPs. Any British citizen or UK resident can start a petition, making it an easy action to take.  

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Our advice

Occasionally, petitions on the use of animals in research are started, and often call for a blanket ban on animal use in research and testing or similar. These petitions are useful in showing public desire and support for change in this area. However, broad topic petitions unfortunately receive similar and standard responses from the government. In the case of petitions calling for a ban on animal use in science, the response from the government usually discusses the strength of the Animals (Scientific Procedures) Act 1986, regulatory animal testing requirements, and 3Rs implementation, without providing further detail on the petition topic. Because of these standard responses, broad petitions often do not drive effective conversations. Realistically, petitions on the use of animals in science must be more specific and target issues that cannot receive a standard response, highlighting areas which could really drive forward changes. You can read more on our stance and the issues we believe should be raised for debate in our policy approach.  

If you have an idea for a petition topic related to the use of animals in research and would like to discuss the wording of this to strengthen the case, please do get in touch and we will do our best to offer help.  

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