16 Nobel Prize winners and 149 scientific institutions together to defend the existing pan-European animal research regulations. In an open letter, the group warned, according to a citizen initiative, as requested repeal of existing regulations, will affect European biomedical research.
More than 100 million people from 26 countries, the European Commission formally urge repeal a directive in 2010, which is primarily responsible for managing science instruction in the use of animals.In March, stop vivisection European citizens initiative (ECI), requires “changing biomedical and toxicological research methods.” Supporters hope that the EU Commission proposed new recommendations eliminate animal experiments, the use of “more accurate, more reliable, and human-related methods.” The Commission is currently considering the relevant proposals transformed into decrees.
In published in “The Times” and “Frankfurter Allgemeine Zeitung” on the open letter, the Nobel laureate asked the European Commission to ignore the petition. They said that the current directive “has been well thought out” and that it will lead to the abolition of animal welfare and European studies have a “huge setback.” Signed who wrote: “We do not want to always be involved in animal research, and the research community are committed to finding an alternative model, however, we have not been successful..”
This letter was published only in the European Parliament than the ECI proponents spoke a few days ago, after hearing a statement in which the signer Franoise Barré Sinoussi also Brussels.
Since three years ago to start, stop vivisection is the third ECI. The European Commission rejected the first two initiatives, including last year’s request to stop the use of EU funding for stem cell research, the civic groups experienced a lot of frustration, they also accused procedures are restrictive and cumbersome. “Compared with previous initiatives, this time to the pressure on the European Commission more.” ECI activities coordinator Carsten Berg said.
But experts said, after lengthy negotiations, the European Commission is unlikely to discard the instruction. Thomas Hartung, director of alternative animal research center at Johns Hopkins University, said, “For decades, Europe has been at the forefront of alternative animal testing.” Despite achieving targets is still a long way to go, but the directive It is to improve the standard of an important part.