Revision of EU Directive on Animal Experiments
Emergency Supporters' Briefing - 21 April 2009
The next two weeks is one of the most crucial junctures in the historic battle over animal experiments. Millions of animals need you to stand up and defend them by contacting your regional members of the European Parliament as a matter of urgency.
Since 2002, the European Union has been under increasing pressure to revise its law (known as a ‘Directive’) relating to animal experiments, affecting a colossal 12 million animals every year across the Continent. The existing law dates back to 1986 and is very weak and out-of-date.
Last November, the European Commission (the ‘Government’ part of the EU) finally published a draft new law. Since then, the European Parliament and its Committees have been haggling over the form of the new law. The outcome of this complex process will affect whether, over the next few decades, hundreds of millions of animals will be experimented on in the EU and, if so, what is done to them. So this really is a most historic moment for the future of animals and public health. If ever there was a time for you to make your views known to your political representatives, this is it!
Unfortunately, the Agriculture Committee (AGRI) which has been scrutinising this draft law, led by Conservative MEP Neil Parish, has severely weakened the proposed new Directive. The multi-billion pound animal testing industry has made a huge effort to mislead MEPs, with their lobbyists vastly outnumbering MEPs, never mind animal protection advocates. However, the main European Parliament vote (‘the plenary’) around the 5th May gives us an opportunity to claw back some ground for animals by re-introducing independent scrutiny of animal experiments.
But the only way we can make a difference now is if you counter the animal testing lobbyists by making contact with your MEPs to ask them to support the measures discussed in our emergency briefing. The animal research industry is urgently getting its members to lobby MEPs in support of the AGRI proposals - animals need you to defend them from such gratuitous and cruel proposals. Click here to get contact details for your regional MEPs if you are in the UK, or click here to find your MEP if you are in another EU member state.
Importantly, please note that the MEPs are starting to ignore emails - even the friendly ones. They are getting hundreds and are struggling to read them, so please do not email MEPs if you can avoid it. Here are the preferred modes of contact, in descending order:-
- Personal contact, face-to-face.
- Telephone call - polite, clear to MEP or main assistant (have your list of points written down, and talk through them clearly). Do not berate them.
- Letter - individualised - not copied.
- Postcard or other formula.
Click here for your briefing on what to say to your MEP. Contact Dr Dan Lyons on 0114 2831155 or firstname.lastname@example.org if you have any questions.
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