UK scientists urge MEPs to support Agriculture Committee report

16 April 2009

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Category: Policy Issues

european–parliament.jpgEarly in May the full European Parliament votes on the revised Directive on animal experiments. It is vital that scientists across the UK contact their Members of the European Parliament (MEPs) as soon as possible to ask them to support the Agriculture committee’s report.

The report, which is essentially a list of amendments to the Commission’s proposed Directive, contains a number of substantial improvements. Many of the amendments proposed by the Agriculture Committee address the concerns of the UK bioscience sector. A few, however, introduce new problems. Nonetheless, at this stage, the consensus from the scientific community is that the report is balanced and an acceptable compromise. If adopted, it will significantly improve the Directive originally proposed by the Commission.

Animal rights groups will be lobbying heavily against the improvements made by the Agriculture committee, as well as for additional restrictions and burdens on animal research.

If the Agriculture committee report does not get voted through, then we lose everything we have worked for in the last four months. We go back to square one, with all the problems of the original Commission proposal. This affects us all and would put the future of bioscience across Europe at risk.

Regional MEPs have a duty to listen to the views of their constituents. Letters and emails from constituents have already made a real difference.