Portsmouth City councillor Malcolm Hey says ‘God approves of animal testing’

CONTROVERSIAL Comments from Cllr Malcolm Hey are sure to anger animal rights protesters, inset.
CONTROVERSIAL Comments from Cllr Malcolm Hey are sure to anger animal rights protesters, inset.

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A CONTROVERSIAL Portsmouth councillor has said God approves of animal testing.

Tory Cllr Malcolm Hey, who represents the Copnor ward, revealed his thoughts on the issue at the party’s annual conference in Manchester yesterday.

3/9/2011    JN''Stop Wickham Animal Testing (SWAT) protest through Gosport against a new lab site. Pictured walking along Walpole Road''Picture: Paul Jacobs (113139-8)

3/9/2011 JN''Stop Wickham Animal Testing (SWAT) protest through Gosport against a new lab site. Pictured walking along Walpole Road''Picture: Paul Jacobs (113139-8)

He put in a question and written explanation in support of testing on live animals for medical research purposes during an environment debate.

He said animals are ‘not made in God’s image’ and are ‘good to eat’.

He said: ‘Medical research using live animals is necessary and valid. As we have lost our religious influences in the UK, we have become far too emotional about animals. I love animals, but let’s get them in perspective. They are not made in God’s image, should be properly husbanded, and are good to eat.’

Cllr Hey has previously caused controversy by walking out of a council meeting in January last year to avoid hearing a Muslim prayer said by Resident Alim, Sheikh Fazle Abbas Datoo.

And the staunch Christian has also made clear at council meetings that he does not believe in evolution.

He continued: ‘In the Old Testament God commanded the sacrifice of the best of breed for a sin sacrifice. In the New Testament, Christ cast demons into 2,000 pigs, which then ran to their death in the sea.

‘How much more is a man’s health worth than pigs? Children are benefiting from amazing research done with animals.’

But Cllr Mike Hancock, who led the campaign to ban live animal exports from Portsmouth, said: ‘Is he saying God made animals for us to be cruel to them?

‘He needs to be very careful because many drugs companies run unnecessary tests, just to compete with each other. Many of them run cosmetic tests at the same time. Things shouldn’t stay the same, as he is saying.’