Letters, Tuesday, May 19, 2014

Have your say

Thanks for help during car bother

ON Saturday, May 10, my car broke down near the roundabout at the junction of Essen Way and Silksworth Lane, and I was left wondering how I was going to summon help as I did not have my mobile with me.

 Fortunately, there are still many Good Samaritans on the road and it was not long before a young couple stopped their car and came to my assistance.

 First of all they helped move my car into a more accessible position, thereby allowing other traffic to move.

 They phoned the RAC on my behalf and with assurance they would respond quickly – and with grateful thanks – they went on their way.

 Secondly, a lady stopped her car and assisted me by phoning my son to alert him of my situation, again for which I was extremely grateful.

 Unfortunately, I did not obtain the names of these lovely people who came to my aid, so I would like to take this opportunity to thank them most sincerely and trust my predicament did not inconvenience them too much.

 Thank you, God bless.

L Thorne,


Have your say on animal testing

FOR more than a century, information on animal experiments has been kept secret. However, this could be about to change as the Government is reviewing the animal experiment ‘secrecy clause’ and has asked for your opinion.

 This ‘secrecy clause’ is Section 24 of the Animals (Scientific Procedures) Act. It enables animal experiments to happen in secret, and makes revealing any information about them a criminal offence – even with the researcher’s consent. Section 24 stifles public debate about animal experiments, and suppresses scientific and ethical scrutiny.

 The National Anti-Vivisection Society is leading the call to repeal the secrecy clause and prevent needless animal suffering. There is strong support for a repeal from scientists, politicians, celebrities – such as Joanna Lumley, Twiggy and Eddie Izzard – and the public.

 More than four million animals are currently experimented on each year in the UK, but it doesn’t have to be this way. Please help us ensure that no experiment is duplicated and modern non-animal methods are always considered before experiments on animals take place, supporting better science.

 Please take part in the Government’s public consultation on animal experiment secrecy before June 13. Visit navs.org.uk for details – it will take just 10 minutes of your time but would mean the world to the animals.

 Thank you.

Jan Creamer,

Chief executive,

National Anti-Vivisection Society