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Government response on new EU Directive

chimpIn a written statement Home Office Minister Lynne Featherstone has said that the Government plans to implement most of the new EU Directive as it stands, but there will still be special protection for dogs, cats, horses and non-human primates.


The new legislation, which is due to be introduced next year, will also keep the UK's existing standards of care and accommodation, which are stricter than those proposed by Europe.


The announcement also includes information on a proposed clause that would allow experiments to be carried out on great apes in exceptional circumstances.

The Government's response to public consultation about the new laws states "The only significant change envisaged under Article 8(3) is a potential relaxation allowing the use of great apes under exceptional circumstances.


"There are, however, no suitable approved facilities for such work in the UK, and no requests to use great apes have been received under ASPA.


"We cannot currently envisage any circumstances in a particular case in which it would be appropriate to relax that ban and invoke the safeguard clause."


It goes on to say that any licence to use great apes would require Parliamentary approval and secondary legislation. 


The Minister's statement can be found here. (Opens in a new window)


Archived June 7 2012