Robert D. Combes

On reading the lead article, The Increasing Burden of Regulation, in the April 1999 issue of RDS News,1 I experienced a mixture of emotional states, ranging from disbelief and annoyance to frustration and sadness. In this article, the Executive Director of the Research Defence Society, Mark Matfield, claims that the new measures introduced by the Labour Government to the existing legislation controlling animal experimentation in the UK will improve animal welfare but hinder scientific research. Dr Matfield asserts that the degree of regulation now facing investigators “is seriously impeding some areas of science in the UK”. He believes that the increased focus on animal welfare is not justified in terms of the likely resulting loss of scientific benefits.
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