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The National Institutes of Bioscience sign joint statement supporting European Directive 2010/63/EU

The National Institutes of Bioscience (NIB) of the United Kingdom sign the joint statement released by the Wellcome Trust supporting European Directive 2010/63/EU on the protection of animals used for scientific purposes and calling on the European Parliament to oppose the Stop Vivisection European Citizens’ Initiative (ECI).

As a result of the Stop-Vivisection ECI there is to be a vote on 11th May that could result in the banning of all research using animals in Europe. Along with over 140 leading biomedical research organisations, learned societies, industry representatives, universities and patient groups in Europe, the UK’s NIB has signed a joint statement calling on the European Parliament and Commission to reaffirm their commitment to the Directive, which is vital to ensure that necessary research involving animals can continue. Repealing the Directive would represent a major step backwards both for animal welfare in the EU and for Europe’s leading role in advancing human and animal health.

See the full statement here: statement-supporting-directive-2010-63(PDF 857KB)

More information can be found here:
www.wellcome.ac.uk/About-us/Policy/Spotlight-issues/EU-affairs/Animals/index.htm