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I haven't seen original documents concerning this but, knowing the EU, I believe what is said. Anyone know anything about it? I've long known that the EU can't be trusted to look after the interests of farm or laboratory animals, despite all their rules and regulations. They want to force the few EU states that presently ban ritual (unstunned) slaughter to allow it, and they won't force member states to uphold their own laws against cruelty. Look what happened in the jamie oliver case. That cruel sensation seeker slaughtered a sheep without stunning and has never had to face any kind of legal process. Millions of television viewers saw him breaking EU law but he appears to be above the law. And, I've been informed, Italian farmers routinely kill sheep like that. The EU does noting to force Italy to enforce the law.


EU blasted by campaigners over lab animal cruelty – crucial meeting on 12 October


The BUAV has today condemned the EU for ignoring public opinion after a leaked document shows that the Council of Ministers wants researchers to have the right to cause suffering to animals in laboratories which is not only severe but which is also long-lasting. Such a move would result in untold cruelty and suffering to thousands of animals across Europe. Only recently a YouGov poll in the UK, Germany, France, Italy, Sweden and the Czech Republic showed that a resounding 84% believe that experiments causing severe pain or suffering – i.e. whether or not long-lasting - should be prohibited.


The leaked document (“Proposal for a Directive of the European Parliament and of the Council on the protection of animals used for scientific purposes”) from the EU Presidency has been sent to the Working Party of Veterinary Experts to be discussed at its meeting next week, 12th October. The document also gives examples of shocking experiments that researchers want to be allowed to continue to carry out on animals. They include: poisoning animals to death; submitting animals to repeated electric shocks from which they cannot escape (in order to induce ‘learned helplessness’); restraining animals to such an extent that they develop stomach ulcers or heart failure; forcing animals to swim until they give up in exhaustion; and giving animals a lethal dose of radiation or chemotherapy.


The animal research industry community acknowledges that these experiments cause severe suffering but claim, absurdly, that the suffering is not long-lasting and would therefore not even need special permission.


The same YouGov poll showed very large majorities wishing to see bans on the use of primates, dogs and cats in experiments causing suffering, a ban on all experiments which are not for life-threatening or serious human conditions; and maximum openness, with only information which is confidential or would identify individuals or establishments withheld. Again, EU politicians seem determined to do the exact opposite.


BUAV’s Chief Executive, Michelle Thew said: “We are appalled to learn of the proposals that the Council has made. This is a major step backwards for animal welfare. It’s high time European politicians started listening to the public rather than the self-interested pleading of the multi-billion pound animal research and supply industry.”






Cruelty row over EU animal test rules.


The Sunday Times. 4 October 2009.


Marie Woolf Whitehall Editor


BRITISH civil servants have been shocked by the degree of suffering permitted by proposed European Union rules on animal experiments.


The draft EU directive “on the protection of animals used for scientific purposes” would allow monkeys, dogs, cats and foals to be used for experiments leading to severe and lasting pain. Animals’ bones could be broken, they could undergo paralysing electric shocks, they could suffer trauma leading to multiple organ failure, they could be confined to restrict movement and they could be kept in isolation for prolonged periods.


The standards would also allow organs to be transplanted between species even if this led to “severe distress”.


The rules make clear that experiments would not be confined to small breeds such as beagles but include large dogs such as St Bernards. Horses and ponies bred in family stables could be used by laboratories in Europe.


The directive would permit practices banned in Britain, which can continue to impose its own rules. The Home Office said it did not want to see British standards weakened. BUAV, which campaigns against animal testing, accused the EU of ignoring public concerns.


Tom Holder of Pro-Test, which supports animal research, said: “Research may only be used where the benefit to humans outweighs the suffering of animals.”




British civil servants are shocked! I trust these aren't the ones in the Home Office who colluded with HLS to cover up the illegal cruelty inflicted on monkeys in transplant research.

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