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BUAV Shows Inadequacies of Proposals for EU Animal Experiment Directive - Action Needed!!

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As we enter the final critical weeks for the revision of EU Directive 86/609 on the use of animals in experiments your emails are needed urgently !! BUAV findings show the total inadequacy of the proposals that are currently on the table.


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Joanna D (216)
Monday November 23, 2009, 3:10 am
The Council of Ministers (EU Member States representatives) is currently discussing the European Commission proposals, and it is expected to adopt its position in early December.

Following this all MEPs will then have the opportunity to vote again on the proposed revision. The current proposals on the table for the Council of Ministers are a major step backwards for animal welfare and the BUAV is working hard to secure amendments.

Please support the campaign at this important time emailing MEPs


Joanna D (216)
Monday November 23, 2009, 3:14 am
ECEAE action:
send email to your MEP (one MEP at once)

Joanna D (216)
Monday November 23, 2009, 3:24 am
"A long-awaited vote on the use of laboratory animals in the European Union in May proved a major disappointment for animal-rights groups. Big pharmaceutical companies and scientific establishments spent fortunes lobbying politicians to ensure there were no big changes to the law. European scientists argue that restrictions on using primates would give researchers in the US an advantage."
The proposal also didn't set expected regulations to protect animals used in experiments - because it could move animal research business from EU to Asia.
05.05.2009 : European ombudsman asked to investigate ‘deeply flawed and biased’ report about monkeys in research as the European Parliament considers animal experimentation law

The European Ombudsman has today been asked to investigate a complaint that a report by the European Commission into experiments on non-human primates is scientifically flawed and biased. The charge is made by the EU-wide European Coalition to End Animal Experiments (ECEAE), which has submitted a 26-page complaint.
The submission of this complaint coincides with the plenary vote due to take place in the EU Parliament on Tuesday 5th May concerning revision of EU Directive 86/609 that governs animal experimentation. The trade and use of primates in research within the EU is one of the controversial issues to be voted on.

In May 2008, the Commission asked one of its standing scientific committees, the Scientific Committee on Health and Scientific Risks (SCHER), to conduct an inquiry into whether primate research works and the alternatives to it. The inquiry was in part a response to a written declaration signed by no fewer than 433 MEPs in 2007 calling on The Commission to bring forward proposals to replace primate use.
In fact, the Commission’s proposals, based on SCHER’s report which strongly backed primate use and played down the role and potential of alternatives, contain nothing to phase out primate use. A further change by a key committee of the European Parliament would allow primate use for just about any purpose. The full Parliament will vote on this and other aspects of animal experiments on 5th May. The ECEAE’s main complaints are:

• Neither SCHER nor the working group it set up had the necessary expertise in primate research nor in alternative techniques. Most of the working group members were animal researchers (but not primate researchers). Only one member had (limited) expertise in alternatives to primate use. Contrary to its own procedures, the Commission refused even to disclose who was on the working group until after SCHER produced its report.

• SCHER simply assumed that primate research works without analyzing the evidence. The Commission agrees that this was a key part of its function

• SCHER ignored huge amounts of peer-reviewed evidence submitted by the ECEAE and numerous other animal protection and patient safety organisations casting serious doubt on whether primate research works. This covers such important areas as AIDS, strokes, malaria and Parkinson’s disease. For example: not one of the 85 or more candidate AIDS vaccines tested successfully on primates has worked in patients; over 1,000 potential neuroprotective stroke treatments have been tested in animal models but none of the 150 which have progressed to human trials has proved successful.

• Similarly, SCHER dealt dismissively and cursorily with the substantial amount of evidence submitted about the existing and potential application of alternatives, including neuroimaging and computer modeling.

Michelle Thew, chief executive of the ECEAE commented:

‘A recent opinion poll by YouGov in the UK, France, Germany, Sweden, Italy and the Czech Republic showed that 81% of people are opposed to experiments on primates causing pain or suffering. This issue is enormously important not only for animal welfare but also for human health. It is truly unforgivable that the EU should come up with such a one-sided and unscientific report, from a working group packed with inexpert animal researchers. We are asking the ombudsman to order the Commission to set up a proper scientific inquiry as a matter of urgency’


Joanna D (216)
Monday November 23, 2009, 3:24 am
For Immediate Release: 19/11/09 – By: BUAV
Shock findings from UK undercover investigation shows inadequacies of proposals for EU animal experiment directive

The BUAV, the UK’s leading animal group campaigning to end animal experiments, is handing over a crucial dossier of evidence this week to the European Commission and key MEPs, Members of the Agricultural Committee. The shocking findings obtained during a major undercover investigation carried out in a UK animal laboratory highlight the inadequacies of the current proposals concerning the revision of European animal experiments rules, Directive 86/609/EEC. The BUAV is calling for these findings to be taken into account when the proposals are being considered by the Council of Ministers and the Parliament, under the Swedish Presidency.

The findings of the investigation are of direct relevance to the revision of Directive 86/609. In particular to the issues of transparency, severity of suffering, the ethical evaluation for licensing experiments, regulatory testing, the re-use of animals and the implementation of alternatives. (See notes below for further details.)

Between January and October 2009, the BUAV conducted an 8-month investigation at Wickham Laboratories in Hampshire, England. Wickham is a contract-testing laboratory. The investigation revealed graphic disturbing evidence of the cruelty and suffering inflicted on thousands of animals every year, largely relating to quality control of drugs and other products, including, the appalling suffering typically inflicted on mice in laboratories around the world for the craze of using botox products for vanity purposes. Animal tests carried out included the archaic poisoning test LD50 (lethal dose 50 - this is the dose at which 50% of the mice would be expected to die when injected with the toxin), and pyrogen tests where rabbits can be starved for up to 30 hours, restrained in stocks for up to 8 hours and are re-used repeatedly in further pyrogen tests, adding to their distress.

The BUAV has accused the Home Office, which regulates animal experiments in the UK, of breaking the law in several ways including not enforcing the use of non animal alternatives and failing to minimise the suffering inflicted on animals. In addition, some animals suffered in tests that are no longer required by national and international regulations. This destroys the often made claim that companies have to do animals tests because regulators require them.

BUAV’s Chief Executive, Michelle Thew states: “The BUAV investigation has come at a critical time during the revision of EC Directive 86/609. Our findings show the total inadequacy of the proposals that are currently on the table. We call on the Council to throw out these proposals and instead fulfill their obligations and give animals in laboratories the protection they need.”

For further information, images and video footage, please contact Carla Owen on +44 (0)207 700 4888 or or BUAV (out of hours) +44 (0)7850 510 955 or visit our website
The BUAV’s findings are of direct relevance to the revision of EC Directive 86/609 and highlight just how inadequate the current proposals are. In particular:

1. Transparency: only undercover investigations can reveal the truth about animal experiments. The BUAV investigation has revealed an appalling catalogue of animal suffering and failure to use available alternatives.

2. Implications for the directive: the current proposals for transparency are wholly inadequate. The proposal is that only ‘non-technical summaries’ need to be provided. In practice, these are likely to be very short and would not enable the public – or courts - to understand what is really happening.

3. Severity: Wickham carries out the notorious and discredited Lethal Dose 50 poisoning test on tens of thousands of mice for a type of botox (Dysport) every year. The LD50 is designed to determine the dose of a particular substance which will kill half the animals. The mice in the higher dose groups suffered grievously – paralysis, suffocation, weight loss, dehydration. The project licence acknowledges that the symptoms are ‘very severe’. Euthanasia prior to death (the so-called ‘humane endpoint’) resulted in only a small proportion of the animals being killed, the majority died from the effects of the poisoning.

4. Implications for the directive: the latest Council draft would allow experiments of this nature where death is an ‘endpoint’. Indeed, it would in practice allow suffering which is both severe and long-lasting – even, under a very wide derogation, where suffering cannot be ameliorated.

5. Ethical evaluation: Dysport is licensed in the UK for some relatively rare medical indications and the UK Government claims that it only allows animal testing on botox products for those indications. However, both Dysport and other botox products are used on a massive scale for cosmetic treatment and the Government cannot control it what use animal-tested botox is put.

6. Implications for the directive: this highlights the need to limit the purposes for which animal experiments are permitted. Article 5 is drawn very widely and would allow animals to be used for just about any purpose, despite the high suffering which may be involved.

7. Re-use: at Wickham, rabbits are used in pyrogenicity tests, to determine whether injected substances are contaminated. A single test involves: starving the rabbits for up to 30 hours; placing them in stocks by the neck for 6-8 hours with a temperature probe inserted into their rectum; depriving them of water for this period and injecting the foreign substance into their ears. Damage to ear veins and back injuries can occur and, not surprisingly the rabbits are very distressed. The UK Government classifies the experiments as ‘moderate’.

Rabbits are repeatedly re-used. During the first 6 months of 2009, there were 944 pyrogen tests; the colony at any given time is around 100.

8. Implications for the directive: the latest Council text proposes that individual animals could be used endlessly in ‘moderate’ experiments, with weak safeguards. This investigation demonstrates the appalling implications. A single use in ‘moderate’ experiments can involve multiple surgical procedures and multiple other adverse effects.

9. Alternatives: a UK government laboratory developed alternatives to the LD50 over 10 years ago, specifically for Dysport. Botox companies are refusing to co-operate to validate the alternatives which are already provisionally accepted by the European Pharmacopeia.

In addition, both the European Pharmacopeia and the US version specify and prefer a non-animal method for most of the drugs for which the rabbit pyrogen test is carried out at Wickham.

10. Implications for the directive: this once again highlights the fact that there is a chasm between the rhetoric about alternatives and the reality of their use.

11. Regulatory testing: so-called humane endpoints (early intervention to prevent unnecessary suffering) were set and applied improperly, suffering was not kept to a minimum in other ways and alternatives were not used when clearly available.

12. Implications for the directive: the latest Council draft would allow ‘multiple generic projects carried out by the same user when those projects are to satisfy regulatory requirements or product or diagnostic purposes with proven methods’ and would allow ‘tacit approval’ for such experiments where the competent authority delays giving express approval. This would mean that competent authorities would be very unlikely to prevent the type of legal breaches revealed by the BUAV investigation, and would be unable to conduct an ethical evaluation as to whether animal tests should be allowed for particular substances or products.

Joanna D (216)
Monday November 23, 2009, 3:29 am
More info & news:
EU directive:
EU directive/Animal experiments:

Margaret S (53)
Monday November 23, 2009, 4:46 am
Just wish all this testing on animals would stop and to use them repeatedly is awful.Will do some mails this afternoon!

LACH V (868)
Monday November 23, 2009, 5:16 am

Joycey B (750)
Monday November 23, 2009, 5:31 am
Took poll and will write letters. Thanks Joanna.

Completely socially isolate a dog for long periods

No 96.77%
Yes 3.23%

Ekeim T (147)
Monday November 23, 2009, 5:33 am
sent several emails, to the MEP's most likely to be against animal testing, but will try others too later.
great work joanna !

Kay F (550)
Monday November 23, 2009, 5:38 am
Thanks Joanna.

Completely socially isolate a dog for long periods

No 96.81%
Yes 3.19%

Anne T (286)
Monday November 23, 2009, 5:46 am
Thankyou Joanna.

Tierney G (381)
Monday November 23, 2009, 5:51 am
Thank you Joanna I joined the virtual march too.

Elena P (549)
Monday November 23, 2009, 6:31 am
Thanks Joanna.
Results: Have your say! Do you think this experiment should be allowed under the new EU law?
Completely socially isolate a dog for long periods
No 96.94%
Yes 3.06%


Monday November 23, 2009, 6:42 am
emails sent

Joanna D (216)
Monday November 23, 2009, 6:47 am
Thank you dear friends - looking at my mailbox I'm sure I'm getting more positive replies than a few months ago - maybe EU citizens this time chose better people as MEPs, maybe some of the old ones change their minds
whatever please send mails!!

Elm M (357)
Monday November 23, 2009, 6:47 am
1) Sent letters to every single MP - block by block on the againess website. Thank you for all your hard work Joanna!

2) Voted again on the poll. Here is the results after my vote:
Results: Have your say! Do you think this experiment should be allowed under the new EU law?

Completely socially isolate a dog for long periods
No 96.97%
Yes 3.03%

If ever man stands before his/her creator (whatever one's personal view of such a creator) it is my fervent wish that every single sadist of a vivisectionist lab and every single corporate profiteering devil be shown the gates to hell - for that is where they belong.

How civilised are we? Not a lot.

kaisuorvokki m (26)
Monday November 23, 2009, 6:55 am
Thank you! E-mail sent!

Kathy C (354)
Monday November 23, 2009, 7:00 am
You go girl:)
Managed to sign the one petition under world.
Thank you Joanna for all the hard work you do for the animals.

Simone D (1462)
Monday November 23, 2009, 7:01 am
Thank you dear Joanne.

Simone D (1462)
Monday November 23, 2009, 7:02 am
Gee, slip on the fingers, sorry Joanna. But still thank you.

Joanna D (216)
Monday November 23, 2009, 7:06 am
For the friends who sent emails from my site before - I just changed the sample letter into the latest one published by ECEAE with additional info at the end. So, you can send the new text to the same MEPs.
I'm trying to add new addresses as well...

Philippe D (179)
Monday November 23, 2009, 7:41 am
Thank you Joanna,
I had taken action this week end posting it on myspace, I've just sent again letters to MPs from my other email addresse and vote on poll.
Thank you again for your great work on your webiste !

NoEmailsPls W (95)
Monday November 23, 2009, 10:42 am
Hi Joanna. I sent your older email a few weeks back and got some quite surprisingly postive responses from a fair number of MEP's. Took the poll, and have already joined the virtual march

Thanks for spreading the word and helping the animals Joanna.

Barbara K (61)
Monday November 23, 2009, 12:39 pm
Great job, Joanna. Animals need all the help we can give them. Thanks for all you do.

Maria S (338)
Monday November 23, 2009, 2:46 pm
No - 97.08%
Yes- 2.92%

I wrote some weeks ago to my MEPs but didn´t receive any response. I will write again.

Maria S (338)
Monday November 23, 2009, 3:07 pm
These are the emails of the MEPs of Portugal, if you want to send more messages.;;;;;;;;;;;;;;;;;;;;;;

Joanna D (216)
Monday November 23, 2009, 3:17 pm
TY Cristina I'm adding them !!!!!

. (0)
Monday November 23, 2009, 4:56 pm
At it.
Thanks Joanna,my animal advocate friend

Elm M (357)
Tuesday November 24, 2009, 10:44 am
Emailed all the MEPs of Portugal. Thank you Christina.

Sending emails daily.

Joanna D (216)
Tuesday November 24, 2009, 12:34 pm
Thank you Eureka and Claudia for all you do for the animals!!

Joanna D (216)
Tuesday November 24, 2009, 4:27 pm
From DearPhilippe
Romanian MEPs list:

Julie v (230)
Tuesday November 24, 2009, 9:39 pm
I will do my share too. I can imagine how these animals feel and we can change that.

Cheree M (46)
Wednesday November 25, 2009, 3:29 am
Email letters on the way , also voted. Thanks

Past Member (0)
Wednesday November 25, 2009, 5:00 am
Noted and signed, thank you.

Paola G (2097)
Wednesday November 25, 2009, 6:24 am
Thank you

Lilith G (663)
Wednesday November 25, 2009, 10:36 am

Teresa W (782)
Wednesday November 25, 2009, 11:30 am
Is there any petition to sign?

SuS NoMail Plez P (244)
Wednesday November 25, 2009, 6:59 pm
THANK YOU...JOANNA...I am very new to Care2, but agree with Teresa Wlosowicz...YOU NEED TO COMPOSE A PETITION. I have seen posts saying, "thank you, noted and signed". Is ther a petition I am unaware of?

Wednesday November 25, 2009, 8:59 pm

Joanna D (216)
Thursday November 26, 2009, 4:44 am
Susanne some people even dont read the news but post "noted or signed" I submitted email action - if anybody signed any petiton (there was/is some from ADI then OK but it's not the action I posted here)
Sometimes petitions are good sometimes not.
First of all there were petitions which had been handed to EU long before the proposal had been voted - petition signed by over 150,000 citizens and calling for urgent action to advance non-animal replacements through the revised Directive, was presented to the Petitions Committee by Dr Jane Goodall, a few days ago "March against animal experiments" signed by over 70.000 people has been handed as well.

The EU Parliament is working NOW to approve or make any amendments - there is no time for any new petitions.

Joanna D (216)
Thursday November 26, 2009, 4:49 am
I just got a reply from Belgian MEP - Isabelle Durant
(it's a translation from google):
"You were very likely to challenge your MEPs about the revision of Directive 86/609/EEC on the protection of animals used for experimental scientists.

I wanted first to thank you and congratulate you for taking the trouble to write in the hope of finally reaching legislation resolutely modern and more humane for the animals. Your letters are all incentives for members who, like myself and all Environmentalists are calling for the speedy establishment of a long-term reduction of animal figures, and the output but gradually resolved experiments on monkeys, cats and dogs.

But the political a reduction of animal experiments must be accompanied to an increase in public support for scientific alternatives. For this reason and since 2007, when Senator in the Belgian Federal Parliament, I brought several of my colleagues a bill establishing a "Center of the Belgian alternative methods to animal testing. This text was finally voted unanimously and recently published the monitor. At the same time, we learned that the total number of animals used in laboratories in Belgium in 2008 decreased by 7% over the previous year, reaching 725,370 animals.

This good news should not obscure or undermine our efforts at European level. And I understand and share your disappointment at the European Parliament's position on the revision of Directive 86/609, as adopted on first reading during the plenary session of May 5.

To recall, the European Greens have tabled numerous amendments Environment Committee to consolidate and improve the text of the Directive. It is clear that other parties were not ready to follow us, as only two of our proposals were approved in plenary!

Our positions are indeed very close to the claims of associations such as GAIA in Belgium or the European Coalition to End Animal Experiments (ECEAE). Thus, we call the unconditional prohibition of using apes and primates caught in the wild, like limiting tests on monkeys to human diseases and degenerative, or relate to essential products and high societal impact. We also oppose the authorization of causing animal suffering both severe and prolonged, and use the same animal repeatedly for painful experiments.

Be assured of good that I will follow your post, as you wish that the position of the European Parliament in second reading changes to legislation truly human and progressive.

Specifically, the work of the European Greens will continue among others in the intergroup Animal Welfare, chaired by my colleague from the Green Party Caroline Lucas English. The first meeting of the new legislature, which took place last week in Strasbourg, has also focused on the issue of non-human primates. Being myself a member of the Intergroup, you can count on my support, as well as that of the Spanish Green MEP Raul Romeva also very active on the issue, to mobilize members of other political groups: weakly motivated or quite opposed restrictions on animal experimentation.

Feel free to contact me for any additional information or clarification on the position of the European Greens and the Green Party in terms of animal welfare. I am happy to answer you. "

Winefred M (88)
Saturday November 28, 2009, 6:26 am
Noted.TY Joanna.

Jelica R (144)
Sunday November 29, 2009, 12:26 am
What happened?

No 95.15%
Yes 4.85%

pj dickenson (27)
Wednesday April 14, 2010, 10:19 am
While not optimum, I guess it's a start.

. (0)
Wednesday April 14, 2010, 12:43 pm
Letters sent thanks.

mary f (200)
Friday May 14, 2010, 3:53 am
emails sent to all irish m e p s
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