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Parliament increases pressure for Imutran xenotransplantation inquiry

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    Parliament increases pressure for Imutran xenotransplantation inquiry The Government is coming under severe pressure after 165 MPs signed a Commons motion
    Message 1 of 1 , Nov 27, 2004
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      Parliament increases pressure for Imutran xenotransplantation inquiry

      The Government is coming under severe pressure after 165 MPs signed a
      Commons motion calling for an independent inquiry into the legality of
      Imutran’s pig-to-primate organ transplant experiments. Meanwhile, a new
      Uncaged briefing reveals how the Home Office is misleading Parliament and
      the public over its role in covering-up this illegal cruelty. In addition,
      the Home Office’ handling of the Imutran research, which took place at
      Huntingdon Life Sciences, is currently the subject of two Uncaged complaints
      being considered by the Parliamentary Ombudsman, a watchdog body whose role
      is to investigate Government misconduct.

      At the end of the 2003/04 Parliamentary session today (18.11.04), a massive
      165 MPs have signed Early Day Motion 685 – “entitled ‘Uncaged Campaigns”,
      ranking it in the top 3% of EDMs in terms of parliamentary support. The
      Motion, which has now expired, calls for an independent inquiry into damning
      evidence of Government bias and misconduct in its regulation of the Imutran
      research programme.

      This evidence emerged into the public domain after a historic legal victory
      gained by Uncaged over the research company responsible, Imutran Ltd and
      their parent corporation Novartis Pharma. Documents were leaked to Uncaged
      from Imutran (in spring 2000) and the Home Office (October 2002). For
      two-and-a-half years, Uncaged had fought off attempts by Imutran/Novartis to
      gain a permanent High Court injunction preventing disclosure of the
      documents. However, Uncaged had argued that because the documents revealed
      misconduct by the Home Office and Imutran, there was an over-riding public
      interest in their disclosure. Despite their massive resource advantage,
      Imutran/Novartis capitulated in April 2003, allowing Uncaged to publish over
      1,000 pages of unique primary evidence that details the day-to-day reality
      of animal experimentation.

      These are some of the scandals revealed by the secret papers:

      ·          Home Office inspectors described animal research regulations as a
      ‘rubber-stamping’ exercise. [section (b)]

      ·          Home Office officials sought to underestimate the severity of the
      experiments, making it easier to licence them. [section (a)]

      ·          Many primates were left to die in their cages, in clear breach of
      the legal limits on suffering supposedly imposed on the research.

      · Home Office Ministers were even fed lies by their officials over the
      deaths of primates in illegal transport crates as they were flown from the
      Philippines to Cambridgeshire. [link to
      http://www.xenodiaries.org/legal.htm#conduct section (c)]

      ·          The Home Office turned a blind eye to breaches of the law and
      other failures by staff at Huntingdon Life Sciences [section (d)]

      Since their extraordinary court success, Uncaged have relentlessly cranked
      up the pressure for an independent inquiry. Home Office bureaucrats who were
      implicated in the misconduct have tied themselves up in knots as they
      desperately try to defend their behaviour. But as the support from a growing
      number of MPs testifies, the Home Office’s credibility is taking a huge

      The latest exercise in Home Office deception comes in its response to 12
      searching questions put to the department in an Open Letter signed by
      several MPs. Uncaged director Dan Lyons has just completed a detailed
      briefing that rebuts the Home Office’s version of events. Uncaged are
      calling for support from the public to distribute this briefing to MPs so
      that the Home Office’s lies can be exposed.

      Dan Lyons comments,

      “Anyone who has watched ‘Yes, Minister’ will understand the subtle, yet
      powerful methods of deception employed by Whitehall to cover-up scandals.
      Often, a combination of blustering denials and authoritative-sounding lies
      are enough to put people off. On this occasion though, they have met their
      match. We are absolutely determined not to let the Home Office off the hook.
      Our mission is to relentlessly pursue justice for the thousands of animals
      who suffered in the macabre and pointless Imutran experiments. Government
      officials cannot be allowed to get away with cruelty, law-breaking and
      misrepresenting the truth.”

      How you can help
      We are aiming to have the EDM re-tabled as soon as the new session of
      parliament starts after the Queen’s Speech. In the meantime, it is vitally
      important to write to your MP at the House of Commons, London, SW1A 0AA,
      enclosing the new Uncaged briefing, to educate them about the Imutran
      scandal and expose the lies of the Home Office:

      If you do not know who your MP is, visit www.locata.co.uk/commons and enter
      your postcode.
      Click here to download the new Uncaged briefing (pdf format).
      Click here to download a sample covering letter to your MP or see the. You
      can either use it as it is or even better, compose your own (for example, if
      they have signed EDM 685, it would be a good idea to thank them for that).

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      Information available free by email from vivisectionkills@...



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