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MEPs and the public showed unprecedented support for EU lab primates

Posted: 5 April 2012. Updated: 23 November 2012


Europe moves closer to ban on use of apes and wild caught monkeys in experiments
15 February 2008: At a meeting at the European Parliament, Commissioner Dimas gave his strongest indication that the use of apes and most wild caught monkeys in experiments would be banned under the forthcoming revision of EC Directive 86/609.

Campaigners meet EU environment commissioner to discuss primate test ban
16 January 2008: A delegation of supporters and sponsors of a European Parliament Declaration calling for an end to primate research met with Environment Commissioner Stavros Dimas. The ADI team and MEPs pressed Mr Dimas to ensure that plans for a timetable to phase out primate tests were included in the revision of Directive 86/609.
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How Europe signed up for primates
21 November 2007: This is how Europe signed up to WD40 which called for a timetable to phase out primate experiments.
Discover who the most primate-friendly EU states were here

European Parliament sets historic target to end all experiments on primates
7 September 2007: 433 MEPs signed a Written Declaration calling for urgent action to end the use of Great Apes and wild-caught monkeys in experiments, and for a timetable to be set to end all experiments on primates across Europe –the most important single breakthrough in over a decade on animal tests.
Find out here how we achieved this incredible victory

Council of Europe recognises lab primate suffering
25 June 2007: New Council of Europe guidelines for the housing and care of laboratory animals came into force, which raise further questions about the suffering of primates in laboratories.

Euro Parliament moves to end primate testing
14 June 2007: MEPs answered the call of an urgent ‘GORILLAGRAM’ from ADI, on behalf of the primate nations.
Find out here how MEPs pledged their support

Push for Primate Test Ban
The backing of MPs, MEPs and public opinion polls demonstrate the support for our campaign to ban the use of primates in experiments

Declaration calls for European Primate Test Ban
On 24 April (World Lab Animal Day) 2007 a Written Declaration calling for a Europe-wide ban on primate experiments was launched at the European Parliament with an ADI/NAVS reception and publicity event.

MEP photo call in support of primates
24 April 2007: MEPs showed their primate colours outside the European Parliament in Strasbourg, putting their faces to primate bodies in a light-hearted launch for a ground-breaking campaign for an end to the use of Great Apes and wild-caught primates in research.
Take a look at the Written Declaration launch

80% express concern over primate tests
ADI thank supporters who took part in a European Commission survey on animal experiments, which showed that 80% of the respondents considered the use of primates in experiments as “not acceptable”, showing that there is a clear public concern about laboratory primates amongst European citizens from all countries.

MEP support for call to end experiments on monkeys and apes across Europe grows
25 January 2007: By this date almost 90 MEPs pledged their support for a complete end to experiments on primates across Europe, and the campaign received a major boost with the backing of leading EU statesmen.
Read here how the support grew

Parliamentary action against animal testing
8 December 2006: Important Motions were tabled in the UK’s House of Commons, Scottish Parliament and Welsh Assembly highlighting animal experimentation and opportunities posed by the revision of the European Directive.
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MEPs lead call to end experiments on primates in the EU
MEPs Jens Holm, Caroline Lucas, Sajjad Karim, and Robert Evans called on other MEPs to back a landmark call to make plans for an end to the use of chimpanzees and monkeys in experiments across the European Union (EU); a Written Declaration drawn up by ADI.

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