Labs must show real openness
THIS week, a pro-vivisection lobby group is staging what it calls an "open labs" programme, whereby students around the country have the chance of seeing an animal research lab. Teachers and parents should be under no illusions about this initiative.
Carefully screened pupils will be given a tightly restricted tour of an animal laboratory, but they will emerge none the wiser about what really goes on there.
If participating institutions are genuinely committed to openness, they should urge policy-makers to repeal the secrecy clause in UK law that is used to prevent even the most basic information about animal experiments from being released and allow public access to information about animal experiments.