We must fight back over lab animal blockade

Airlines and ferry companies no longer transporting animals for testing, former science minister saysVital medical research is being "choked off" because airlines and ferry companies are refusing to bring animals into the country for testing in the face of pressure from animals' rights activists, a former science minister has warned.Lord Drayson, who was a minister in the last Labour government, said "extremists" had picked off the companies, which had pulled out of transporting laboratory mice and other animals.The Times reported that Stena Line had followed DFDS Seaways and P&O Ferries in halting the carriage of test animals, closing the last sea route for medical researchers.The Channel tunnel had long refused the trade, it said, while no UK-based airline, including British Airways, would carry laboratory animals.Imported animals account for a small proportion of those used in British laboratories, but scientists say access to genetically modified strains bred overseas is vital for some advanced research.L

We must fight back over lab animal blockade

A growing blockade of lab animal imports must be resisted before it hinders work on new medical treatments, warns Robin Lovell-Badge

Thu 15 Mar 12 from Newscientist

Animal blockade hitting British research: scientists

British scientists warned on Wednesday that research into debilitating diseases is under threat from a refusal by ferry operators and airlines to transport laboratory animals into the country.

Wed 14 Mar 12 from Medical Xpress

Scientists warn on animal imports

Leading scientists warn pressure from animal rights activists is reducing the number of animals being brought into Britain for research.

Wed 14 Mar 12 from BBC News

Animal rights activists halt transportation of laboratory animals

Vital medical research is being "choked off" because airlines and ferry companies are refusing to bring animals into the country for testing in the face of pressure from animals' rights activists, ...

Wed 14 Mar 12 from The Independent

No Ticket to Ride: U.K. Animal Rights Campaigners End Ferry Service for Lab Animals

Following a high-pressure campaign from animal rights activists, the final ferry company that carried...

Wed 14 Mar 12 from Science Now

Experts: Not importing animals hurts UK science

LONDON (AP) -- Medical research in the U.K. is being jeopardized by activists who have persuaded transport companies to stop importing animals for scientific experiments, a former British science ...

Wed 14 Mar 12 from AP

Animal import bans "put UK drug research at risk"

LONDON (Reuters) - Vital medical research is under threat in Britain because ferry companies and airlines are bowing to pressure from animal rights activists and refusing to carry animals destined ...

Wed 14 Mar 12 from Reuters

Ministers seek deal to save animal testing imports being taken over by military

Ministers are trying to broker deal to save animal testing imports being taken over by RAF because of pressure from activists.

Wed 14 Mar 12 from Telegraph.co.uk Science

Animal rights activists 'choking off' medical research

Airlines and ferry companies no longer transporting animals for testing, former science minister saysVital medical research is being "choked off" because airlines and ferry companies are refusing ...

Wed 14 Mar 12 from Guardian.co.uk

Medical research "at risk due to animal rights activists"

Medical research could be put at risk after British transport companies refused to carry live mice, rats and rabbits under pressure from animal rights activists, it has been claimed.

Wed 14 Mar 12 from Telegraph.co.uk Science

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