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Tuesday, 25 September 2007 - Strasbourg Final edition
Primates in scientific experiments
P6_TA(2007)0407P6_DCL(2007)0040

Declaration of the European Parliament on the use of primates in scientific experiments

The European Parliament ,

–   having regard to Rule 116 of its Rules of Procedure,

A.   whereas more than 80% of respondents to the Commission's 2006 public consultation on the use of animals in experiments considered the use of primates to be unacceptable,

B.   whereas more than 10 000 primates are used in experiments every year in EU laboratories,

C.   noting that almost all primate species share more than 90% of their DNA with humans and that it is acknowledged that primate species have a capacity to suffer greatly in captivity,

D.   whereas 26% of primate species are in danger of extinction and primates caught in the wild continue to be used in laboratories; whereas, furthermore, it may be difficult to protect primates from threats such as human consumption if it is perceived that these species are used freely by Western academic institutions for experimentation,

E.   whereas advanced technology and techniques now provide alternative methods that are proving to be more efficient and reliable than experiments on primates, such as functional magnetic resonance imaging (fMRI), microdosing, computer modelling or tissue and cell culture,

F.   noting that despite genetic similarities, there are important differences between humans and other primates, and experiments on primates cannot match the precision of human-based research,

1.  Urges the Commission, the Council and its own Members to use the procedure for the revision of Directive 86/609/EEC as an opportunity to:

   a) make ending the use of apes and monkeys caught in the wild in scientific experiments an urgent priority,
   b) establish a timetable for replacing the use of all primates in scientific experiments with alternatives;

2.  Instructs its President to forward this declaration, together with the names of the signatories, to the Council, the Commission and the governments of the Member States.

List of signatories

Adamou, Agnoletto, Aita, Anastase, Andrejevs, Andria, Antoniozzi, Ashworth, Atkins, Attwooll, Aubert, Audy, Auken, Ayala Sender, Aylward, Baco, Badia i Cutchet, Baeva, Bărbuleţiu, Battilocchio, Beazley, Beer, Belder, Belet, Belohorská, Bennahmias, Beňová, van den Berg, Berlinguer, Berman, Blokland, Bösch, Bonde, Bono, Borrell Fontelles, Bourzai, Bowis, Bowles, Bozkurt, Braghetto, Brepoels, Breyer, Brie, Brok, Buitenweg, Bullmann, van den Burg, Burke, Bushill-Matthews, Busk, Buşoi, Buzek, Calabuig Rull, Camre, Capoulas Santos, Cappato, Carlotti, Carnero González, Casa, Casaca, Cashman, Casini, Castex, Castiglione, Catania, Chatzimarkakis, Chichester, Chiesa, Christensen, Claeys, Cocilovo, Cohn-Bendit, Corbett, Corbey, Corda, Cornillet, Costa, Cottigny, Coûteaux, Cramer, Creţu G., Czarnecki M., Czarnecki R., Daul, Davies, de Brún, De Keyser, Demetriou, Deprez, De Rossa, De Sarnez, Descamps, Dess, De Vits, Díaz de Mera García Consuegra, Dillen, Dimitrakopoulos, Dobolyi, Dover, Doyle, Drčar Murko, Dührkop Dührkop, Duka-Zólyomi, Ebner, El Khadraoui, Elles, Ettl, Evans Jill, Evans Jonathan, Evans Robert, Falbr, Fatuzzo, Ferber, Fernandes, Ferreira A., Ferreira E., Figueiredo, Flasarová, Flautre, Florenz, Foglietta, Foltyn-Kubicka, Ford, Frassoni, Friedrich, Gahler, Gaľa, García Pérez, Garriga Polledo, Gauzès, Gawronski, Gentvilas, Geremek, Geringer de Oedenberg, Gibault, Gierek, Gill, Gklavakis, Golik, Gomes, Gottardi, Goudin, Grabowska, Graefe zu Baringdorf, de Grandes Pascual, Grech, Gröner, de Groen-Kouwenhoven, Grossetête, Gruber, Guerreiro, Guidoni, Gurmai, Hammerstein Mintz, Handzlik, Harbour, Harkin, Harms, Hassi, Hazan, Heaton-Harris, Hedh, Hegyi, Hellvig, Hennicot-Schoepges, Herczog, Herranz García, Higgins, Holm, Horáček, Howitt, Hudghton, Hughes, Hutchinson, Hyusmenova, Iacob-Ridzi, in 't Veld, Irujo Amezaga, Isler Béguin, Jäätteenmäki, Janowski, Jensen, Jørgensen, Jonckheer, Jordan Cizelj, Kacin, Kaczmarek, Kallenbach, Karas, Karatzaferis, Karim, Kaufmann, Kauppi, Kazak, Kelam, Kelemen, Kirkhope, Klamt, Klich, Klinz, Koch, Kónya-Hamar, Korhola, Kósáné Kovács, Koterec, Kratsa-Tsagaropoulou, Kreissl-Dörfler, Kristovskis, Kuc, Kudrycka, Kułakowski, Kusstatscher, Kuźmiuk, Lagendijk, Lamassoure, Lambert, Landsbergis, Lang, Lax, Le Foll, Lehideux, Leichtfried, Leinen, Le Pen J.-M., Le Pen M., Le Rachinel, Lévai, Lewandowski, Liberadzki, Lichtenberger, Liotard, Lipietz, Locatelli, Losco, Louis, Lucas, Lundgren, Lynne, Maaten, McAvan, McCarthy, McDonald, McGuinness, McMillan-Scott, Madeira, Maldeikis, Maňka, Markov, Marques, Martin D., Martin H.-P., Martinez, Martínez Martínez, Masiel, Masip Hidalgo, Maštálka, Matsakis, Mavrommatis, Meijer, Méndez de Vigo, Menéndez del Valle, Miguélez Ramos, Mihăescu, Mihalache, Mikko, Mitchell, Mladenov, Mohácsi, Moraes, Morgantini, Morţun, Musacchio, Muscardini, Muscat, Musotto, Musumeci, Myller, Napoletano, Nattrass, Navarro, Newton Dunn, Nicholson, Occhetto, Özdemir, Olajos, Ó Neachtain, Onesta, Ortuondo Larrea, Paasilinna, Paleckis, Pannella, Panzeri, Papadimoulis, Paparizov, Parish, Parvanova, Paşcu, Patriciello, Peterle, Petre, Pflüger, Pīks, Pinheiro, Pirker, Piskorski, Pistelli, Pittella, Pleštinská, Plumb, Podestà, Podkański, Pohjamo, Polfer, Poli Bortone, Popeangă, Portas, Posselt, Prets, Prodi, Purvis, Rack, Raeva, Remek, Resetarits, Ribeiro e Castro, Riera Madurell, Riis-Jørgensen, Rivera, Rizzo, Rocard, Roithová, Romagnoli, Romeva i Rueda, Roth-Behrendt, Rothe, Rouček, Roure, Rübig, Rühle, Rutowicz, Sacconi, Sakalas, Saks, Salinas García, Samaras, Samuelsen, Sánchez Presedo, Sârbu, Sbarbati, Schaldemose, Scheele, Schenardi, Schierhuber, Schlyter, Schmidt F., Schroedter, Schuth, Seeber, Seeberg, Seppänen, Şerbu, Sifunakis, Simpson, Sinnott, Skinner, Smith, Sommer, Søndergaard, Sonik, Sornosa Martínez, Spautz, Staes, Stănescu, Staniszewska, Starkevičiūtė, Stauner, Sterckx, Stevenson, Stihler, Stockmann, Strož, Stubb, Sturdy, Sudre, Surján, Susta, Svensson, Swoboda, Szabó, Szájer, Szent-Iványi, Szymański, Takkula, Tannock, Tarabella, Tarand, Thomsen, Toma, Tomaszewska, Triantaphyllides, Trüpel, Turmes, Tzampazi, Uca, Vaidere, Vakalis, Vanhecke, Van Hecke, Van Lancker, Van Orden, Varvitsiotis, Veraldi, Vergnaud, Voggenhuber, Wagenknecht, Watson, Wiersma, Wijkman, Willmott, Wojciechowski B., Wojciechowski J., Wurtz, Xenogiannakopoulou, Záborská, Zapałowski, Zatloukal, Ždanoka, Zdravkova, Železný, Zīle, Zimmer, Zingaretti, Zwiefka

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