The European Commission has been promising for years to revise the 1986 animal experiments directive to close loopholes, improve the protection and welfare of animals, and to prohibit the most painful experiments.
In late 2007, the Commission's Environment Directorate General presented draft legislation for adoption by the whole Commission. The draft has been blocked because Commissioner Janez Potocnik has refused to support a ban on the use of great apes in experiments even though most researchers would agree that a ban is appropriate, no great apes are currently used in experiments in the EU, and several EU Member States have already banned this practice.
Further delays will cost more lives, and cause more suffering—and could even mean that the new legislative proposal falls off the political agenda altogether.
We need your help to persuade Commissioner Potocnik to withdraw his objections and allow adoption of the proposal. Without your help, hundreds of thousands of animals in EU laboratories will continue to receive no protection at all. Please contact Commissioner Potocnik on this important issue. And then let your friends and family know how they can help, too.
Thank you for all that you do to help animals.
Chief Executive Officer
Humane Society International