Should animal testing be banned? The Stop Vivisection citizens' initiative aims to repeal the European directive on the protection of animals used for scientific purposes and ask the European Commission to present a new proposal that does away with animal experimentation. The Parliament is holding a hearing on Monday 11 May, during which MEPs will debate the issue with experts and the initiative's organisers. Watch the discussion live online from 15.00 CET.
The Stop Vivisection initiative
Stop Vivisection is the third citizens' initiative to receive a hearing at the Parliament. The organisers believe that animal experimentation is intolerable, is not suitable for predicting human responses and can be harmful to people.
The hearing on 11 May
The hearing in the Parliament is organised by the agriculture committee, in association with the environment, industry and petition committees.
Speakers include initiative organisers Gianni Tamino and Claude Reiss, as well as Dr Jean Greek of Americans for Medical Advancement (AFMA), Emily McIvor of Humane Society International and Françoise Barré-Sinoussi, winner of the 2008 Nobel Prize for physiology or medicine.
About the citizens' initiative
Put in place by the Lisbon Treaty, the citizens' initiative allows citizens to call on Commission to propose new legislation in areas that fall within its competence by collecting one million signatures from at least a quarter of the EU member states. The organisers of successful initiatives will participate in a hearing at the European Parliament. The Commission will have three months to examine the initiative and decide how to act on it.