[AR-News] European Parliamentarians Support Ban on Primates for Research
European Parliamentarians Support Ban on Primates for Research
No Problem with Killing Human Embryos
By Gudrun Schultz
STRASBOURG, France, April 25, 2007 (LifeSiteNews.com) - A proposed ban on
using primates for research experiments in the European Union has received “
unprecedented support” from Members of the European Parliament and top EU
politicians. MEP support for the ban is ironic, say international pro-life leaders,
given the strong EU support for research on human embryos.
Jim Hughes, vice president of International Right to Life, told LifeSiteNews
that parliamentarians’ refusal to acknowledge the humanity of the unborn
child “boggles the mind.”
“When people become outraged over the treatment of animals and turn a blind
eye to the treatment of children before birth--it makes you shake your head
and wonder why everyone is asleep on this,” Hughes said. “There are so many
of them now who abjectly refuse to acknowledge that the unborn child is a
“It’s like the drug companies push for the use of human embryos in research
when everyone knows the adult stem cells are the only way to go--first of
all because they are effective and secondly, and more importantly, it doesn’t
involve the taking of an innocent human life.”
Eighty-eight MEPs from parties across the political spectrum backed a new
Declaration calling for a ban on the use of Great Apes and wild-caught primates
for research, alongside a commitment to phase out all primate use within the
EU, according to a report by Animal Defenders International.
The Declaration was launched yesterday on April 24th, designated Lab Animal
Day, by the National Anti-Vivisection Society and Animal Defenders
International, at a reception in the European Parliament.
A survey conducted in 2006 by the European Commission Survey found that 80
percent of respondents considered primate use in research “not acceptable.”
The EU voted to increase funding for destructive human embryonic stem cell
research in July 2006, although objections for eight member countries
succeeded in adding an amendment limiting the funding to research that did not
involve the direct killing of embryos.
Official sponsors of the Declaration included John Bowis with the UK
European People’s Party (Christian Democrats).
To contact MEP John Bowis:
PO Box 262
Tel: 020 8949 2555.
Fax: 020 8395 7463.
E-mail London office
(for London constituency issues/correspondence).
ASP 14E 115
Tel: 00 32 2284 7780.
Fax: 00 32 2284 9780.
E-mail Brussels office.
See related LifeSiteNews coverage:
EU Embryo Stem Cell Research a "macabre product of a twisted sense of
progress": Vatican Newspaper
Austrian Court to Decide if Chimpanzee is Deserving of “Human Status”
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