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Scientists concerned over Home Office minister’s views on animal testing

The appointment of Liberal Democrat MP Norman Baker as minister with responsibility for the regulation of the use of animals in science has raised concern among scientists, according to a report in The Guardian.

Baker has previously participated in campaigns to end animal research. He reportedly told The Observer that he would like to see the day when animal experiments were no longer necessary, saying that he believes that day is coming.

In October, Baker was appointed as minister of state for crime prevention, with responsibilities including regulation of the use of animals in science as well as policies on forensic science, drugs and antisocial behaviour. 

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