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Improve Standards of Animal Welfare in European Laboratories

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  • Tony G
    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
    Message 1 of 1 , Oct 30, 2007
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      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
      draft.

      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
      animal."

      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
      http://www.drhadwentrust.org/

      Please sign "Replace all Animal Experiments in Europe"
      http://www.endeuanimaltests.org/

      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
      http://www.europarl.europa.eu

      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
      and Germany.

      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

      Please tell your friends and colleagues to do the same.

      More information on Animal Testing from
      http://www.peta.org/
      http://www.buav.org

      For information on Revision of Directive 86/609/EEC
      http://ec.europa.eu/environment/chemicals/lab_animals/revision_en.htm

      Everyone can help and you can make a difference.

      Thank You

      Tony, Nottingham, England
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