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Parliamentary questions
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14 July 2016
E-005805-16
Question for written answer E-005805-16
to the Commission
Rule 130
Marlene Mizzi (S&D)

 Subject:  Alternative methods to animal testing
 Answer in writing 

According to a report published by the Commission in 2013, every year more than 11 million animals, including dogs, rabbits and primates, are used in laboratory research and testing throughout the EU. The animals are used for testing medicines, cosmetics, household products and chemicals, and for medical research into human diseases and conditions.

Can the Commission explain whether the EU encourages the sharing of best practices among the Member States with regard to reducing the number of animals used for scientific purposes and improving the welfare of animals at each stage of their lives?

Can the Commission explain what short‐ and long-term measures it is taking to end the use of animals in science?

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