EU orders animal holocaust
It is widely known that the EU’s Common Agricultural policy encourages intensive farming techniques and demands the transportation of live animals for days on end, often without water. It is also widely known that the EU’s Common Fisheries Policy permits our waters to be plundered recklessly by the Spanish, and requires that perfectly edible dead fish be thrown back into the sea because they are not supposed to swim into the nets. But Cranmer has been made aware of an animal-testing horror that is soon to befall millions of cute, little furry things, and intriguing, intelligent, hairy things.
The REACH (Registration, Evaluation, Authorisation of Chemicals) regulations due to be imposed across the Union are concerned with chemical testing. They require products that have already been in use for the past 25 years without any problem to be tested on animals. It is estimated that this will involve the exploitation of an additional 45 million animals over the next 15 years. Such tests involve painful chemical poisoning experiments - toxicity tests – such as irritants being dripped into rabbits’ eyes, cancerous tumours grown on mice, and pregnancy trials necessitating stillborn offspring. All such tests are considered outdated in the UK, having largely been replaced by computer modelling and testing on cell cultures.
This is mindless and barbaric, yet utterly consistent with the absurdities of the CAP and the CFP. The EU pretends to be ‘green’ and environmentally friendly, but this dictatorially-imposed vivisection lunacy is an offence to common sense, and an abuse of creation. And our political masters – Labour, Conservative and LibDem – are united in their support for it. How does one change this policy? To whom does one protest? For whom does one vote? And why is the Royal