Cruelty Free Europe on phasing out animal testing
On 16 September 2021, the European Parliament called for an EU action plan to phase out animal testing - European Parliament resolution of 16 September 2021 on plans and actions to accelerate the transition to innovation without the use of animals in research, regulatory testing and education.
Cruelty Free Europe has just released their input on the matter: Reducing and replacing animal experiments: Europe needs an action plan - Without pro-active targets, more animals will suffer in laboratories in Europe
Cruelty Free Europe propose the following priority actions:
- An immediate review of the utility of animal ‘models’ to assess clinical benefit.
- Eliminating tests of low benefit, either due to scientific limitations or lack of clinical need.
- Using the harm:benefit analysis built into EU legislation on animal experiments more strictly.
- Taking measures to reduce the surplus of animals bred for experiments and never used as well as the numbers of genetically altered animals.
- Ensuring that animal tests are not conducted when a non-animal alternative is available.
- Reviewing potential redundancies in regulatory animal tests and making sure there is a joined-up approach to deleting them.