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LERU applauds the European Comission's response to the ECI “Stop Vivisection”

Publication date: 04/06/15


On 3 June, the European Commission rendered its decision on the European Citizens´ Initiative (ECI) “Stop Vivisection”: the Directive 2010/63/EU won’t be abolished and is considered as an indispensable tool at the EU level to protect animals. LERU very much welcomes this response.

“The complete replacement of animal studies is currently not possible”, the European Commission stated, although it agrees on the ultimate objective of phasing out animal testing.

As LERU and many other organisations have steadily argued in the past few months, the use of animals for scientific purposes is still needed and the European Directive on the protection of those animals is one of the most advanced pieces of legislation in the world with regard to animal welfare. The EC acknowledges that further efforts to research, validate and implement alternatives need to be undertaken. Having at its very core the advancement of knowledge and the promotion of research, LERU strongly endorses this call for furthering research on alternative methods.



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