EU Commission report on Animal Testing

The EU Commission has published its report on the statistical data of animal experimentation in the EU (data from 2011).

According to the report, 11,5 Million animals have been used for testing in 2011 (half a million less than in the last report from 2009).

This small decrease is good but not a guarantee for an overall picture because due to a lack of an comprehensive animal experimentation strategy of the EU, animal testing is increasing.

The Report: http://eur-lex.europa.eu/LexUriServ/LexUriServ.do?uri=COM:2013:0859:FIN:EN:PDF

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A video game for Animal Lovers

Whiplash, the video gamer company , has created for its 10th anniversary an "animal welfare video game".

"The story follows a weasel and rabbit named Spanx and Redmond who have escaped from confinement within a product testing facility owned by the fictional corporation Genron. Chained together in a manner reminiscent of Stanley Kramer’s “The Defiant Ones,” the non-human fugitives romp through the facility freeing animals, destroying lab equipment, and attacking researchers, in an effort to ultimately bring Genron to its knees. Their progress is tracked based on the monetary value of the property damage they incur.

The game’s loyalties are on clear display in satirical moments, such as when the head of the company responds to animal cruelty allegations with a humorous lack of irony, yelling, “If ripping off their limbs, grinding ‘em up and feeding ‘em back to themselves is cruel, if shooting their butts so full of poison they got to sit on their face is cruel, if skinning ‘em alive until they’re dead, and than doing an Italian fandango on their cute, little graves is cruelty to animals, than, yeah, I guess they should just cart me away and lock me up!”"

More information on http://www.salon.com/2013/11/11/animal_rights_on_the_xbox_a_video_game_for_vegans/

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China: small victory regarding animal testing

The Chinese government will easy rules requiring animal testing by allowing local companies to use data from animal tests done in other continents. This would avoid that useless animal testings are practiced. According to HSI, chemical testing for cosmetics involves more than 300,000 rabbits, mice, and other animals annually.

http://www.businessweek.com/articles/2013-11-14/animal-rights-activists-celebrate-small-victories-in-china

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New Zealand: a new law to decrease animal testing

In New Zealand, a new reform on animal welfare rules has passed. Animal testing is now better framed, and the new law set up new rules for breeding and killing of animals used for experiments. Among others, the new requirements planned the mandatory consultancy of an ethics committee.

More information on http://www.nzherald.co.nz/politics/news/article.cfm?c_id=280&objectid=11141913&ref=rss

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The car manufacturer "Subaru" is looking to improve companion animals safety

The "Subaru" company is currently testing new security systems to protect better companion animals in car crash.  This research is done in collaboration with the Center for Pet Safety, a NGO specialised in creating better equipment to protect the lives of animals during accidents

More information on http://www.foxnews.com/leisure/2013/08/12/subaru-looking-to-improve-animal-safety-in-cars/

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