The European Parliament has voted in favor of phasing out animal experiments, which is a huge win for animal rights advocates everywhere. The EU plans to replace experiments on animals with more humane and reliable human-related testing methods instead.
Troy Seidle, Humane Society International’s vice president for research and toxicology, said, “This vote signals the need for systemic change in the EU’s approach to safety science and health research. With Parliament embracing a historic opportunity to take animal suffering out of the equation and shift the focus to modern, human-relevant technologies.”
While this decision from the European Parliament is still not legally binding, it puts a great deal of pressure on the European Commission to take action. Many Europeans agree that testing on animals is inhumane and not successful.
Chairwoman of the Animals in Science Working Group of the Intergroup on the Welfare and Conservation of Animals, said, “The European Parliament understands that the time is right for this action plan, because of the work that scientists have been doing to better understand the limitations of animal studies and the potential of non-animal models. There are no excuses to perpetuate the current level of reliance on animal experiments.”
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