HC Deb 15 May 1931 vol 252 c1494W

asked the Home Secretary, in the performance of experiments on living animals, who decides whether the experiment is calculated to give pain; and if the performer is the only judge?


No. In the case of this Act as of all others people have to consider for themselves whether what they propose to do is in accordance with the law; but if they infringe the provisions of the Act they are liable to have legal proceedings taken against them, and the Court decides whether the experiment is or is not calculated to cause pain. Experience shows that people who propose to perform experiments which might by any possibility be regarded as calculated to cause pain are anxious to comply with the requirements of the Act in order to be on the safe side.