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Support alternative research in Europe now animal testing is 3.2% up

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  • Tony Gallett
    All European Citizens in animalguardians2 Latest figures show Animal Testing is up overall by 3.2% to 12.1 million in 2005. This is despite European Commission
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      All European Citizens in animalguardians2

      Latest figures show Animal Testing is up overall by 3.2% to 12.1
      million in 2005. This is despite European Commission and member
      state's individual promises to reduce and replace the use of animals
      in experiments.

      Some details for 2005:-
      Dogs 22,000
      Cats 3,600
      Primates 10,394
      Mice 6 million 53%
      Rats 2.2 million 19%
      Birds 650,000 5.4%
      Rabbits 300,000 2.6%
      Cold Blooded Animals 1.8 million 15%
      Guinea Pigs 240,000 2.1%

      Many non-animal research techniques exist that are cheaper, quicker
      and more effective than Animal Testing. A few are molecular research,
      computer simulations, tissue and organ culture and use of micro-
      organisms such as bacteria. It is in all our interest that Animal
      Testing is replaced with Alternatives based on Human Biology not
      Animals.

      The European Commission itself acknowledges that non-animal
      replacements "...have the potential to provide robust information
      through quality-controlled, state-of-the-art tests which are faster
      and less cost-intensive than classical animal-based tests".

      For evidence that superior Alternative Research & Testing is
      replacing Animal Testing visit
      http://www.drhadwentrust.org/

      The European Commission is currently reviewing Directive 86/609/EEC,
      which sets out the rules for animal experimentation across the whole
      of Europe. There is still time to make a difference to the final
      draft.

      Contact your MEPs and urge them to make Alternative Research a
      priority as part of the revision process of Directive 86/609/EEC.

      For contact details of your MEPs visit
      http://www.europarl.europa.eu

      If you want to do more:-
      Over 10,000 primates are used in experiments in Europe every year.
      Please write to the European Commission and ask them to ban primate
      tests. To help, a prepared letter can be found at
      http://www.eceae.org/saveprimates/en/action.html

      For more on the Revision of Directive 86/609/EEC
      http://www.eceae.org/english/labanimals.html

      For more on the EU Animal Testing statistics visit
      http://www.buav.org/x_newsflash.php

      Everyone can help and you can make a difference.

      Thank You

      Tony G
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