All European Citizens in Discuss Animal Rights
1st of June 2008 was a key date for the New European Chemical Testing
Policy called REACH. The European Chemicals Agency which manages the
implementation of this legislation became fully operational. Around
30,000 chemicals will be pre-registered at the European Chemicals
Agency ( ECHA ) between the 1st June and 1st December 2008. The
programme which intends to test thousands of substances on millions
of animals in Europe has reached a critical stage.
REACH (Registration, Evaluation, Authorisation & restriction of
CHemicals) controls the use of chemicals throughout the EU. In 2005
the number of animal experiments in the EU was 12 million, a
significant percentage of these to satisfy safety regulations, and
this is unacceptably high. It is in our own interest as well as the
animals that the testing of these chemicals is by the latest methods
based on human-biology. This is the surest way of guaranteeing that
the most toxic chemicals are found and banned.
With the law that controls all animal experimentation in Europe,
Directive 86/609, under review there was never a more crucial time to
insist that the European parliament does all it can to replace
outdated animal testing with modern alternatives. Some of the animal
tests have been used for 60 years and it is not acceptable that they
are still the main method of safeguarding our health and environment
from dangerous chemicals.
What can be done?
It is in all our interest to insist that the chemicals we use are
tested as thoroughly as possible with the latest technology
available. Animal testing must be replaced with validated
alternatives. Alternatives exist which still await validation and
research for more is promising but lacks investment. Please contact
your MEPs and urge them to support at every opportunity increased
investment in modern non-animal alternatives and their validation at
the earliest opportunity. The new European Chemical Testing Policy,
REACH, and the review of Directive 86/609 must have this principle as
paramount in all future testing of chemicals in Europe.
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