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
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
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
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.
Kirk Leech, Executive Director
The European Animal Research Association
T: +44 (0) 07850480520
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.
Brussels/London, 17 March 2015
The Federation of European Neuroscience Societies (FENS) is actively committed to the responsible use of animals in research. On the 22nd of January 2015 FENS joined forces with the European Animal Research Association (EARA), a communication and advocacy organisation whose mission is to uphold the interests of basic and biomedical research and healthcare development across Europe, and to provide clear information to the public.
London, 4th March 2015
EARA joins research funders and organisations, learned societies and patient groups in a joint statement to support Directive 2010/63/EU and to oppose ‘Stop Vivisection’ Citizens’ Initiative, which was submitted yesterday to the European Commission.
Given the importance of animal research in science and scientific developments, a coalition of leading research funders, research organisations, learned societies and patient groups – including the European Animal Research Association – has issued a joint statement supporting European Directive 2010/63/EU. The statement calls on the European Parliament and European Commission to oppose the ‘Stop Vivisection’ Citizens’ initiative that is seeking to abrogate the Directive.
In the wake of the unparalleled guilty verdict against the Management of Green Hill in Italy, the European Animal Research Association (EARA) condemns this legal parody and the coordinated persecution that this Marshall dog breeding facility has been subjected to since 2010.