ANIMAL rights activists received the backing of Sheffield MP Clive Betts as they campaigned in the city centre.
The National Anti-Vivisection Society set up a huge billboard outside the town hall and distributed leaflets to shoppers as part of their campaign against animal testing.
The Government is currently deciding how to turn a European directive on animal testing into UK law. Activists want them to replace vivisection with non-invasive hi-tec procedures.
NAVS chief exec Jan Creamer said: “This is a remarkable opportunity to protect laboratory animals.”
Mr Betts, who met campaigners on Fargate, said: “I am very much opposed to the testing of cleaning and cosmetic products on animals and I support all efforts to reduce animal testing.”