Hunger striker pulls back from the brink

 作者:厍苔     |      日期:2019-03-08 01:11:07
By Jon Copley A PROMISE of a meeting between MPs and the head of the committee that oversees animal experiments in Britain seems to have been enough to persuade Barry Horne, the animal rights activist and convicted arsonist, to end his prison hunger strike. Horne had starved for 68 days, demanding that the government create a Royal Commission to review animal research (Editorial, 12 December, p 3). But on 13 December, Horne asked for food and medical treatment. Horne ended his fast after learning that the chair of the Animal Procedures Committee, Michael Banner, would meet Ian Cawsey, head of the All-Party Parliamentary Group on Animal Welfare, in January to discuss animal experimentation. Horne’s supporters are claiming a partial victory. “Barry sees this as a start but by no means a solution,” says a spokesman for his support group. But the government is adamant that it has made no concessions. “There has been no change in government policy,