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Monday September 27, 2021

EU Legislators Call for Less Animal Testing

There is a push from the European Parliament for more movement away from animal testing. A September 16 release (bit.ly/3CFwqXf) explains there is a desire for an EU phase-out plan with sufficient funding for success.

 

The statement explains:

"MEPs understand that there are cases where animal experiments are still needed to gain scientific insights for certain diseases due to the current unavailability of non-animal methods. They underline however that these testing regimes must only take place where conditions are optimised to minimise pain, distress and suffering and protect the welfare of the animals concerned."

An impetus is a 2020 report (bit.ly/3zAFoDs) on the continued breeding in the EU of test animals despite limits in a 2010 directive. Among the findings were differences in implementation of and education about the directive.