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The European elections

All the cross-party groups in the European Parliament were sent the ECEAE proposals for the European elections, which as we have seen with the cosmetics ban can have a very positive impact for animals. Our proposals were:
 

End animal experiments for household product ingredients throughout Europe – this follows the implementation of a ban on the testing and importing of animal tested cosmetics in 2013. This offers a clear precedent for the European Commission to follow in banning the use of animals to test household products.  
 

Increase investment in replacement – the ECEAE is calling for 80 million Euros a year to be ring-fenced and put towards the development of non-animal alternatives. This is a small proportion of the total EU science budget but could play a part in beginning to end the use of animals in experiments.
 

Set a deadline to end the “severe” testing category – European Directive 2010/63/EU outlines the tests in this category which include forcing an animal to run until he/she becomes exhausted and using repeated electric shock treatment to induce a state of ‘learned helplessness’.
 

Set a target to reduce the number of animals tested – the latest EU statistics, published at the end of 2013, showed that just under 11.5 million animals were used in 2011. Although this is a slight reduction on the previous figure, we are calling for much more progress to be made when the statistics for 2014 are published.
 

The ECEAE received a broadly positive reception from the groups, but the joint pan-European manifestos do not make specific commitments in this area. Please see your national group's page for any pledges that they received from the parties in your country.

“I ABHOR VIVISECTION WITH MY WHOLE SOUL. ALL THE SCIENTIFIC DISCOVERIES STAINED WITH INNOCENT BLOOD I COUNT AS OF NO CONSEQUENCE.”  MOHANDAS (MAHATMA) GANDHI

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