Animal Defenders International


Animal Defenders International


Posted: 16 April 2008


ADI and NAVS make proposals for the revision of regulations under Directive 86/609 with the potential to save millions of lives.

Brussels Tuesday 15th April 2008 – Animal Defenders International and MEPs Jens Holm and Robert Evans are to present a new manifesto inside the European Parliament to outline improvements to the EU law on animal experiments, Directive 86/609/EEC.

The rules that govern laboratory experiments for the whole of Europe – Directive 86/609/EEC – will be revised this summer after over 20 years. Science and technology have moved on considerably during this period and so campaigners are pressing for a major shake up.

Ahead of the update of the rules, last year over 50% of the European Parliament signed ADI’s Written Declaration calling for an end to the use of Great Apes and wild-caught primates in research and for a timetable to phase out all primate tests – CLICK FOR MORE.

ADI Chief Executive, Jan Creamer and MEP Jens Holm will present the new manifesto of proposals for changes to the legislation, and discuss the progress to date.
Among the revisions proposed are:

  • A ban on the use of Great Apes and wild-caught primates, and a timetable for the phasing out of the use of all primates, to be replaced with advanced methods.
  • Protection for all animals used in research, e.g. invertebrates, foetal and embryonic animals, genetically modified and those killed for organs, or as surplus to requirements.
  • Ban on duplication – 160,000 animals suffer in duplicated regulatory tests each year in the European Union and it is likely a similar number die in duplicated fundamental research.
  • Bans on the use of animals for tobacco, alcohol and household products, psychological and behavioural research, military experiments and other areas.
  • Transparency, accountability, freedom of information and data sharing.
  • Strict licensing laws for projects and establishments.
  • Harmonisation across Europe and standards for training of personnel.
  • Ethical and scientific reviews of animal use, before and after projects.
  • More introductions of advanced non-animal scientific techniques.
  • More regular reviews of the legislation – every 2 years.

The new proposals are being distributed to MEPs in English, French, German, Italian and Spanish. This is one of a series of publications addressing different issues aimed at informing this important debate..

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When: Tuesday 15th April 2008
Where: Room A8F388 Altiero Spinelli Building
Time: 4.30 – 5.30 pm

It is looking likely that by this summer MEPs will sit down to discuss the Commission’s proposal, which is set to include the ban on the use of great apes for animal tests and all wild-caught primates. ADI is looking to the UK representatives for support when these proposals are reviewed; the first one for over 20 years, especially since several proposals are in line with UK legislation. With the current developments in science and technology racing ahead at a phenomenal rate, it is almost inconceivable that the wait for a review has been so long.

“No great apes have been used in UK laboratories since the early 1980s” says ADI CEO Jan Creamer. “We are therefore looking to the UK to hold a strong position and lead Europe forward in a compassionate and progressive decision for science and the animals. This review is grossly overdue, with today’s rapid scientific developments we should be looking at one every two years, at least”.

With support from over 430 MEPs, of all parties, including the Chair of the Parliament’s Intergroup for Animal Welfare Neil Parrish, Conservative ex-health minister John Bowis, Green MEP Caroline Lucas, MEPs Rebecca Harms, Martine Roure, Moija Drcar Murko and others, the call for a ban on the use of primates in research has enormous support.

The meeting will be chaired by Mr Jens Holm, MEP, a vocal supporter since the inception of the current Directive 86/609/EEC “It is essential that Commissioner Dimas takes these amendments into account when creating and fair and ethical proposal from the Commission.”

MEP John Bowis is also keen to see the adoption of the proposals from ADI: “I believe we should give the highest priority to protecting animals in their natural habitat. That means neither capturing them direct for research, nor taking them to add to breeding stock for animals in captivity that are used for research”.

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