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15 September 2010
Question for written answer E-7240/2010
to the Commission
Rule 117
Oreste Rossi (EFD)

 Subject: Vivisection
 Answer in writing 

On 8 September, Parliament will give a second reading to the proposal for a directive to replace Directive 86/609/EEC(1) on the protection of animals used for experimental and other scientific purposes. An animal rights group which includes doctors and members of national parliaments has claimed that the new directive that Parliament will be debating fails to give sufficient consideration to the objective of developing and disseminating alternatives to experiments on animals, which the general public find offensive. It also condemns animals commonly kept as pets to an unjust and pointless death.

The draft approved by the Council allows experiments on stray cats and dogs, the use of the same animals for more than one set of experiments, experiments without anaesthetic, invasive surgery on animals for teaching purposes and practices that are tantamount to torture, such as forced swimming until the point of exhaustion or long-term isolation for dogs and primates. These are clear cases of mistreatment of highly sentient beings which, in many cases, have genuine feelings similar to those of humans.

Given that inflicting pointless suffering on animals is uncivilised, would the Commission state whether it intends to promote the development of alternatives to vivisection in order to finally put an end to experiments on animals in the near future?

(1)OJ L 358, 18.12.1986, p. 1.

Original language of question: ITOJ C 243 E, 20/08/2011
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