Wednesday, February 13, 2008

BUAV on eliminating primate testing

Michelle Thew, the chief executive of BUAV (British Union for the Abolition of Vivisection), has a post at the Guardian worth checking out entitled "The time has come to stop medical tests on primates." She covers the new EC directives and some of the problems associated with prior primate tests. After noting that 433 Members of European Parliament "agree that ending the use of primates is essential, she goes on to state:
Perhaps influenced by the more than 80% of the 40,000 responses from European Citizens who responded to its consultation on the revision of 86/609 who said they did not consider the use of monkeys in experiments as acceptable, the European commission has indicated its support for this sentiment. In response to the MEP declaration, it said it is "convinced that the goal [of phasing out the use of non-human primates in experiments] can only be achieved with a vision, close cooperation and combined effort of all concerned".

We agree. A paradigm shift is needed which refocuses institutional and political support away from inhumane animal methods towards progressive, non-animal methods fit for the 21st century.

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