Dutch Government Working to Phase Out Animal Experiments – With Help from PETA

 

For Immediate Release:

29 September 2016

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Jennifer White +44 (0) 20 7837 6327, ext 222; [email protected]

DUTCH GOVERNMENT WORKING TO PHASE OUT ANIMAL EXPERIMENTS – WITH HELP FROM PETA

The Netherlands Plans to Use Only Non-Animal Testing Methods by 2025

Amsterdam –  In a historic move, the Netherlands is taking a major stand for animal – and human – rights. The Dutch government is working to end animal experimentation in its entirety – and PETA scientists were asked to help.

The Netherlands has already passed a motion in Parliament to phase out experiments on non-human primates, and now its goal is to be using only human-relevant, non-animal testing methods by 2025.

PETA UK’s scientific policy advisor Dr Julia Baines and a PETA Netherlands representative were recently invited to attend a meeting at The Hague with government officials to discuss specific ways to replace animal experiments. Subsequently, submitted an extensive dossier of information to guide the Dutch government’s transition to animal-free testing.

“This ground-breaking decision is the first of its kind taken by any country. It reflects both today’s innovations in cutting-edge science and changing attitudes about the morality of using animals in experiments”, says Dr Baines. “It is a momentous step that will save countless animals, and hopefully will inspire other countries to make similar changes.”

For more information, please visit PETA.org.uk.

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