Green Party in Northern Ireland urged publicly-funded universities and medical schools in Northern Ireland to halt testing animals – especially when only 3% of experiments carried on them have been really required by regulators. As Cruelty Free International investigated – approximately 20 000 animal experiments have dubious scientific values for humans. Additionally, the number of laboratory tests on dogs was dramatically increased by up 113%. Moreover, Steven Agnew from Green Party in Northern Ireland urged the universities to invest in alternative testing instead of animal one. The official statement of the spokesperson of Queen’s University was “Queen’s conduct research on animals only when it is absolutely essential for clinical, biomedical and environmental studies and where there are no alternatives”. Unfortunately, a dilemma of suffering animals is still remaining unsolved. However, the European Citizen Initiative (ECI) unveiled a negative sentiment of Europeans regarding animal testing. The ECI clearly stated that Europeans want policy makers to phase out animal testing. In Northern Ireland in 2014 and 2015 about 1 000 animals are intentionally subjected to experiments estimated as causing severe suffering and next 5 513 animals to moderate suffering.
On October 22nd 2015, the UK government released details of the 3.87million experiments carried out on mammals, birds and fish last year. These information has lead to the angriness of animal welfare organisations across UK.
The experiments were described as causing “'unacceptable levels of suffering” and the Government came under attack for failing to reduce the numbers of animals used in laboratories
On October 16th, the EU Commission has referred the Netherlands to the European Court of Justice over its failure to enact EU legislation on the protection of animals used for scientific purposes (Directive 2010/63/EU). Member States should have implemented this Directive into their national legislation for November 2012 and the Directive should have produced all its effect at the latest on January 1st 2013.
The Dutch government was already warned several time by the EU Commission, and promised that it will implement the Directive for January 2014. But finally, in reason of complications during the legislative process, the law hasn't been adopted yet. Therefore, the EU Commission decided to continue the infringement procedure opened in 2013, and brought the Case to the EU Court of Justice. The European Commission is asking the Court to impose penalty payments of EUR 51 156 per day until the law is enacted
Poland could be the next Country to be referred to the Court for failure to implement this Directive. Indeed, on the same day (October 16th), the EU Commission adressed to Poland a reasonned opinion (2nd step of the infringement procedure). If Poland fails to act within two months, the case may be referred to the EU Court of Justice.
Please read more on the enforcement of Directive 2010/63/EU on http://lawyersforanimalprotection.eu/ongoing-enforcement-activities-and-challenges/animals-in-experiments/
Read the official press release here: http://europa.eu/rapid/press-release_IP-14-1141_en.htm
An undercover video showing the seldom seen conditions and treatment of monkeys being experimented on has caused a media and political storm in Germany.
This is a number to chilling: in 2012, 14,000 animals died in experiments including 12,132 mice, 1,255 rats, 69 rabbits, 6 cats, 12 dogs and 7 horses. This has been revealed by the British Union Against Vivisection (BUAV)
More information on http://www.belfasttelegraph.co.uk/news/local-national/northern-ireland/14000-animals-killed-for-university-research-at-queens-and-university-of-ulster-29994676.html and http://www.u.tv/News/14000-animals-killed-at-NI-universities/8ae85b00-3d78-4ebb-b8ef-328f24d5c8ce
The Federal Administrative Court of Germany has decided that the professors in the Bremen University are allowed to continue their experiments on brains of live Macaques. These experiments were stopped in 2012 by the higher regional court due to ethical concerns, but the Federal Administrative Court estimates that these experiments are not creating "severe sufferings" and consequently can be pursued.
More information on http://www.zeit.de/wissen/2014-02/kreiter-tierversuche-rechtsstreit-leipzig
The Italian Parliament wants to ban the most painful experiments practiced on the animals
More information on www.aerzte-gegen-tierversuche.de
According to a recent report of the Federal Public Service of Belgium for Health, the number of animals used for experiments in belgium has strongly decrease. Indeed, according to this report the use of animals in experiments has decreased of 9,64% : this number is the lowest since 2000.
More information on www.rtbf.be
Today, EU Commission has announced that a reasoned opinion (second step of the infringement procedure) has been sent to Hungary regarding the transposition of the Directive on the protection of animals used for scientific purposes.
The deadline for transposition of this Directive was planned for 10 November 2012.
21 March 2013
Tiziano Motti (PPE)