Herbie’s Law

Herbie’s Law

A bold step towards a future where animals are no longer used in the name of science.

The law will prompt a ‘decade of change’, with 2035 set as the target year for full replacement of animal experiments with humane, effective alternatives.

About Herbie’s Law

In our nation of animal lovers, there’s a harsh reality hidden behind closed doors: millions of animals bred and born in laboratories, their lives destined for the confines of medical research. But amidst the darkness, there are stories of hope – stories like Herbie’s.

Herbie, with the telltale tattoo on his ear, was bred for the laboratory. But those grey hairs on his chin? They tell a different story – one of escape, of freedom, of finding love in a warm home. Herbie is one of the lucky ones.

Yet, for every Herbie, there are countless others who aren’t as fortunate. Nearly 3 million animals are used in British laboratories every year. And the heartbreaking truth? Over 92% of drugs that show promise in animal tests fail in clinical trials. It’s a failure rate that cannot be ignored.

That’s why we’re calling for Herbie’s Law – a bold step towards a future where animals are no longer used in the name of science. The law will prompt a ‘decade of change’, with 2035 set as the target year for full replacement of animal experiments with humane, effective alternatives. It’s a commitment to progress, to compassion, to a brighter future for all.

Herbie says: “Hey, UK, are we there yet?”

Let’s make sure the answer is yes.

Meet Herbie

Herbie joined us in 2013 after it was decided he was not needed in the laboratory he was bred for. He still has his tattoo on his ear. I’m so grateful to have shared my home with Herbie, but it is unthinkable to imagine what could have been.

The good news is that animal-free technologies can replace the use of animals just like Herbie in medical research, providing not only a humane alternative, but benefits for patients waiting for treatments and for our economy.

Herbie the Beagle - Animal Free Research UK

Join our campaign now to urge the Government to adopt legislation that will help the UK to replace animals with these new and exciting technologies. Do it for every animal you’ve ever loved. And do it for Herbie.

Carla Owen signature, CEO, Animal Free Research UK

 

Carla Owen, CEO

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The Netherlands government has established the Transition Programme for Innovation without the use of animals, a collaborative programme that encourages the development and application of research methods that do not involve animal testing

Global Developments

The UK, with its leading universities and life sciences sector, is well placed to become a world-leader in human-specific technologies. Yet, other countries have already taken action, leaving the UK at risk of falling behind:

India has passed an amendment to the New Drugs and Clinical Trial Rules (2023) bill which authorises researchers to use human-specific methods such as organ-chips to test the safety and efficacy of new drugs.

The European Commission has committed to developing a roadmap for ultimately phasing out animal tests

Canada has passed a bill to phase out animal-based chemical toxicity testing which requires the government to publish a plan to promote the development of alternative research methods, as well as work to replace animals in chemical toxicity testing.

The USA has passed the FDA Modernization Act 2.0, which facilitates the use of non-animal methods within the drug testing process.

Information for MPs

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For more information please contact:

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