Category Archives: Press Releases

Belgian researchers respond to misinformation about animal testing in an open letter

In response to recent misinformation about the use of animal experiments on the French-speaking television channel RTBF (9 November) in Belgium, a group of researchers from the Université libre de Bruxelles (ULB), Université catholique de Louvain (UCL), University of Liège, Université de Mons (UMons) and the University of Namur (UNAMUR) have written an open letter.

The letter underlines the need for animal testing in science and addresses the spread of factually incorrect information about animal testing in the media. The letter was also published in the Belgian newspaper Le Soir.

The researchers state in the letter: “Prohibiting animal experimentation or making it impracticable would deprive society of an indispensable tool for basic research and innovation in the life sciences, from which animals themselves benefit.”

If you are behind this message, and you want your voice to be heard, you can sign the open letter. In order to strengthen the message across national borders, Info Point Experimental Research aims to help the researchers to collect signatures. This letter with all the bundled signatures will be handed over to various Belgian media and serve as a starting point to consult with the government.

European scientific community welcomes EU review of the Directive for the protection of animals used for research

PRESS RELEASE

LONDON, UK – 10 November, 2017

The European scientific community supports the view of the EU Commission, that the Directive on the protection of animals used in biomedical research is bringing significant benefits in animal welfare and a sound foundation for future best practice in the sector.

The European Animal Research Association (EARA), which represents more than 60 organisations across Europe in the biomedical research sector, has welcomed the Commission report, published today. The report reviews the requirements of Directive 2010/63/EU – all uses of live animals for research or education and testing must be carried out in compliance with the Directive.

In particular, the EU recognised that measures to improve transparency to the general public on the performance of research establishments in the areas of animal use and welfare are starting to have an effect. Requirements to publish non-technical summaries of the objectives and benefits of research projects, as well as annual statistical data, are also seen to have greatly improved openness in Member States. Continue reading

Transparency Agreement on Animal Research launched in Spain

A Transparency Agreement on Animal Research in Spain was launched yesterday in Madrid. The Acuerdo de transparencia sobre el uso de animales en experimentación científica en España (lit. ‘Transparency agreement on the use of animals in scientific experimentation in Spain’), has been developed by Spain’s Confederation of Scientific Societies (COSCE) in collaboration with EARA. 

The Spanish document has been developed based on the UK Concordat on Openness on Animal Research. Similar to the UK Concordat, the Agreement outlines four commitments for research centres in Spain to provide more information about animal research at their institutions.

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The Italian Research Community asks the European Commission to amend Italian transposition of Directive 2010/63/EU

PRESS RELEASE

London, UK – 8th February 2016

Over 37 private and publicly funded Italian organisations, coordinated by EARA’s Italian partner Research4life, have addressed the European Commission in a letter last Friday requesting it to reassess the Italian law on the protection of animals used for scientific purposes.

The Italian legislative decree No. 26 of 4th March 2014 transposes to the Italian law the European Directive No. 63 of 22nd September 2010. The legislative decree 26/2014 introduced unprecedented provisions regarding to 1) the use of animals for xenotransplantation and substances of abuse research (Art. 5, part 2. letter d. and e) 2) the use of animals for training and education in universities (Art. 5, part 2. letter f), 3) breeding cats, dogs and non-human primates (Art. 10, part 5). Continue reading

191 Research Institutions Sign Statement in Support of European Animal Research Legislation

PRESS RELEASE

London, UK 10th November 2015

191 organisations signed a statement published today by the European Animal Research Association (EARA) in support of the Directive that protects animals used in scientific purposes. This joint effort illustrates the continued need for the responsible use of animals in medical, veterinary and basic research. It is released on the deadline set by the European Commission for Member States to submit the annual animal research statistics. This is the first year that Member States have to report these figures according to the requirements specified by the European Directive 2010/63/EU – Legislation for the protection of animals used for scientific purposes. Continue reading

UK Annual Statistics of Scientific Procedures on Living Animals, 2014

London, 22 October 2015

The Home Office, the UK Government department for Internal Affairs, has today released the annual statistics on the number of animals used in research in 2014.

Understanding Animal Research, the UK based group advocating to broaden the understanding and acceptance of the humane use of animals in biomedical research, has commented on these figures on their website.

Kirk Leech, Executive Director of the European Animal Research Association (EARA), adds:

“The use of animals in research is crucial to develop the knowledge underpinning many scientific and medical advances. As specified in the Directive 2010/63, all member states have to report their annual statistics. The release of the statistics provides the scientific community with a fantastic opportunity to inform the public and politicians about the continued need for animals in research. Other member states, and the wider European scientific community, could learn from the approach piloted in the UK of working with the media to improve understanding of animal research”.

Image Source: Understanding Animal Research

Image Source: Understanding Animal Research

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EARA welcomes B&K decision

Media Release
London, 16 July 2015

Kirk Leech, Executive Director of the European Animal Research Association: “This is good news. Finally some sense has prevailed. This decision ensures the continuation in the UK of important medical research for the development of new medicines and treatments both for human and animal health. Very few dogs are used in research in the UK, 4,643 in 2012, but they have been important in many medical advances, for example the discovery of insulin to treat diabetic patients, the development of pacemakers and blood transfusion procedures.”

“Countless patients in the UK and worldwide have seen their quality of life improved thanks to innovative new medicines. Animal research and testing remains an essential part of the development of all new medicines and vaccines, to determine both the likely efficacy and the safety of a potential medicine. If an artificial limit is placed on the number of animals that can be used in research, it will potentially limit the progress that can be made in the development of therapies for medical conditions where we do not yet have adequate treatments, such as infectious diseases and  neurological disorders like Parkinson’s or Alzheimer’s disease.”

Link to the UK Government Department for Communities and Local Government decision letter and inspector’s report.

Media Inquiries
Kirk Leech, Executive Director
The European Animal Research Association
T: +44 (0) 07850480520
E: kleech@eara.eu

 

‘Stop Vivisection’ petition unsuccessful

For immediate release 3rd June 2015, London

We welcome the response of the European Commission to the European Citizens’ Initiative Stop Vivisection petition reiterating its support for the European Directive 2010/63 on the protection of animals used for scientific purposes. Any roll back from the Directive would have jeopardised the European Research Area and Europe’s leading role in important biomedical research that benefits both human and animal health.

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‘Politically-motivated’ campaign against Green Hill in Italy condemned by EARA

London, 25 March 2015

  • Green Hill facility in Montichiari (Italy) persecuted for breeding dogs for scientific research
  • Case re-opened without new evidence despite not-guilty verdict in 2013
  • Italian legislators threaten biomedical progress in Europe by backing animal rights groups in a politically-motivated campaign against Green Hill

In an appalling politically-motivated campaign, with collateral implications for the UK and the rest of Europe, an Italian judge announced yesterday the reasoning behind his verdict against Green Hill managers, found guilty of the mistreatment and killing of dogs in January 2015. Continue reading