12 July 2007
A new report from Animal Defenders International, the National Anti-Vivisection Society, and Lord Dowding Fund for Humane Research has been launched this week (July 10th) at the European Parliament in Strasbourg. The report dissects the arguments presented in defence of research on primates and, citing 100 scientific references, concludes it’s time the monkey business stopped.
The European Union’s Scientific Steering Committee (SSC) produced a scientific opinion paper in 2002 on the use of non-human primates (NHP) in biomedical research. This paper made a series of statements about scientific research on NHP, and it has informed the EU’s decision-making process on the matter. In our new report we address each of the statements made by the SSC. We discuss current scientific opinion on the issues raised, and the scientific basis for adopting non-animal alternatives in biomedical research.
The report is available in English, French, German, Italian, Spanish and Polish
393 MEPs have now signed Written Declaration 40/2007 which: “Urges the Commission, the Council of Ministers and the European Parliament to use the revision process of Directive 86/609/EC as an opportunity to:
i. Make ending the use of apes and wild caught monkeys in scientific experiments an urgent priority;
ii. Establish a timetable for replacing the use of all primates in scientific experiments with alternatives.”
We have been extremely active lobbying, staging events at the Parliament, and issuing publications and reports in different languages.