‘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.

Kirk Leech, Executive Director of the European Animal Research Association (EARA) said ‘We recognise the importance that this topic has for citizens as was conveyed during the public hearing of the Stop Vivisection in the European Parliament. We share the petitioners’ concerns for greater transparency and openness and will work to proactively engage with European Citizens on why and how animals are used in scientific research.’

In the months prior to  the Commission report, EARA joined with over 160 European research organisations in signing a statement in support for the Directive and its crucial role safeguarding high animal welfare while ensuring that important scientific research can continue within the European Union.

The response of the European Commission can be found here.

Media Inquiries:

Dr. E. Martinez Sanchez, EARA Press and Communications Officer
M: +44 (0) 79 5501 5386 | T: +44 (0) 20 3675 1245 | esanchez@eara.eu

Note for Editors:

The European Animal Research Association (EARA) is a communications and advocacy organisation whose mission is to uphold the interests of biomedical research and healthcare development across Europe. The creation of EARA was prompted by the recognition by the scientific community that Europe needs a public information platform where citizens and journalists can learn the facts and benefits of animal research. www.eara.eu