AFTER months of squirming, the Government has admitted it does not know if the 2.73 million animal experiments it sanctioned last year could have been avoided.

Home Office Minister Caroline Flint told the Commons there has been no formal research to demonstrate whether experiments on animals can be reproduced using other methods and subjects.

This admission comes after a panel of scientists published a report in the British Medical Journal claiming there is little evidence to support this view that animal research has contributed to the treatment of disease.

Despite this, the Government continues to blindly back animal experiments.

When an organisation like the National Anti-Vivisection Society is pouring more money into non-animal research than the Government, is this further evidence it is basing policy on whim and not fact?

Jan Creamer, National Anti-Vivisection Soc.