Improve Standards of Animal Welfare in European Laboratories
- TO: All People Who Care
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
A new European Chemical Testing Policy called REACH proposes to Test
30,000 Chemicals of every kind - from those used in industrial
processes to the ingredients of consumer products - on Millions of
animals from mice to fish to dogs, causing untold suffering. This
Directive should help these animals while still improving standards.
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".
It has launched a Community Action Plan for the Protection and
Welfare of Animals. This explicitly states "The final aim is to
replace animal experiments with methods not entailing the use of an
It is in all our interest that Animal Testing is replaced with
Alternatives based on Human Biology not Animals.
For evidence that superior Alternative Research & Testing is
replacing Animal Testing visit
Please sign "Replace all Animal Experiments in Europe"
Now political pressure is needed to encourage EU legislators to do
everything they can to maximise non-animal replacement efforts.
Contact your MEPs and urge them to use the revision process of
Directive 86/609/EEC as an opportunity to update the Standards of
Animal Welfare in European Laboratories and make replacing with
Alternatives a priority.
For contact details of your MEPs visit
If you want to do more:-
Over 10,000 primates are used in experiments in Europe every year
with the UK being Europe's largest single user followed by France
Please write to the European Commission and ask them to ban primate
tests. To help, a prepared letter can be found at
Please tell your friends and colleagues to do the same.
More information on Animal Testing from
For information on Revision of Directive 86/609/EEC
Everyone can help and you can make a difference.
Tony, Nottingham, England