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National Antivisection Society

Ask your MEPs sign Written Declaration calling for an end to primate experiments

Posted: 24 November 2006

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Last year we founded International Primate Day on September 1st. This year we marked the day with an historic push for a ban on primate experiments in Europe and the US; motions were tabled in the European Parliament, the UK and Scottish Parliaments and the Welsh Assembly.

A Written Declaration before the European Parliament comes at a crucial time and could be hugely influential.

The EU is currently considering plans to overhaul of Europe-wide animal experimentation rules under EC Directive 86/609, including a possible ban on experiments on chimpanzees and a review of monkey research. Conversely, the option for a centralised EU chimp research facility is also being considered ­ a disastrous step.

NAVS and ADI provided a detailed, expert response to the EU consultation process on 86/609 covering issues such as general husbandry, licensing of tests, freedom of information, and cost implications. Supporters were able to participate in the EU¹s public consultation via our websites.

A Written Declaration from ADI and NAVS has been put before European Parliament that asks: ³Š the Commission to propose an end to all non-human primate experiments in the revision process of Directive 86/609 EC on the use of animals in scientific procedures, specifically: to prohibit chimpanzee experiments and the use of wild-caught primates in the EU and phase out all non-human primate experiments in the EU over the next 6 years.²

The Written Declaration is sponsored in the European Parliament by UK MEPs David Martin, Vice-President of the European Parliament (Labour­Party of European Socialists); Robert Evans (Lab­PES); Sajjad Karim (Liberal Democrats­Alliance of Liberals and Democrats for Europe); together with Portuguese MEP Paulo Casaca (PES), President of the Inter Group on Animal welfare and Swedish MEP Carl Schlyter (Green Party).

This is a genuine opportunity to end the suffering of primates in laboratories. We urgently need MEPs to sign this declaration ­ write to your MEPs today.

Click here for the Written Declaration in full

Click here to see the letter we are sending to MEPs

Click here to read our report on primate experiments: Primate Nations

Click here for information about out My Mate’s a Primate campaign

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