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Chance to change history as European rules governing animals in experiments are revised

Posted: 19 January 2009

European legislators have a once-in-a-generation opportunity to influence experimentation across the European Union where 12 million animals die in experiments each year. The long awaited revision of EC Directive 86/609 goes before a European Parliament Committee in Brussels this week.

Following an Animal Defenders International (ADI) campaign across Europe, there is considerable momentum for strong measures to end experiments on primates.

In September 2007, the European Parliament adopted a Declaration co-originated by ADI calling for bans on the use of wild-caught primates and great apes, along with a timetable for phasing out the use of all primates in experiments. 55% of MEPs signed the Declaration, making it the most supported Declaration on an animal protection matter ever.

The Commission response in the revision has been hailed as partial victory with a ban on the use of apes, wild caught primates, and a phase out of monkeys from wild caught parents. Campaigners will be calling for the timetable requested by MEPs and for loopholes in the current proposals to be closed.rnrnOther areas on the agenda will include:
Household product testing
Experiments in higher education
Use of stray cats and dogs
Increased protection for invertebrates
Duplication of experiments

ADI Chief Executive Jan Creamer says “This is a unique opportunity to make real progress in the process of eliminating animal experiments and protecting animal welfare. For the sake of animals and science it is vital that the moment is seized.”

For further information, contact ADI Public Relations Officer, Ally MacDonald Tel: 020 7630 3344 Out of Hours Mobile: 07785 552548 Email:

The first meeting regarding the protection of animals used for scientific purposes as part of the revision of 86/609 EEC takes place as part of the Committee on Agriculture and Rural Development on Tuesday 20th January in Brussels.

The ADI manifesto is available here:

The full text of the proposal to revise 86 609 EEC (released on November 5th, 2008) is available here:

Copies of the ADI response document, detailing the demands for the revision of 86/609 EEC are available in pdf format from the ADI PR Office.

The full text of Written Declaration 40 and details of signatories is available here:

Fifth Report on the Statistics on the Number of Animals used for Experimental and otherrnScientific Purposes in the Member States of the European Union 2007 (figures for 2005) is available here:

ADI report ‘The Primate Nations: The case against laboratory research on primates’ is available here:

ADI/NAVS Response to the statement of the EU Scientific Steering Committee on the use of non-human primates (NHP) in biomedical research is available here:

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