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16.04.08 Manifesto on new lab animal rules launched at European Parliament

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

Alongside MEPs Jens Holm and Robert Evans, a new manifesto outlining suggested improvements to the EU Directive is delivered in Strasbourg.

The manifesto contains some key proposals, including:

  • 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 distributed to MEPs in English, French, German, Italian and Spanish.

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