Historic Vote: Overwhelming Majority of MEPs Vote Yes on Plan to End Animal Experiments

Historic Vote: Overwhelming Majority of MEPs Vote Yes on Plan to End Animal Experiments

 London –- In a monumental move for animals in European Union laboratories and for science worldwide, the European Parliament has passed a resolution calling on the European Commission to create an action plan to end all experiments on animals. The decision was almost unanimous, with 667 voting for the resolution and just 4 against. This groundbreaking move comes after PETA entities presented PETA’s Research Modernisation Deal to MEPs and extensive lobbying by PETA and other European animal protection organisations.

Specifically, the motion for a resolution calls for accelerating the transition to scientific innovation without the use of animals in research, regulatory testing, and education. The MEPs have directed the European Commission to work with scientists, including PETA scientists in various disciplines, to secure a future without animal testing.

PETA’s Research Modernisation Deal outlines the failure of studies on animals to lead to treatments and cures for humans and provides a comprehensive strategy to move away from the use of animals, beginning with ending animal use in areas of research where it’s known to fail.

It is now in the hands of the European Commission to establish this EU-wide Action Plan, and we expect the Commission will make this a high-level priority,” said MEP Jytte Guteland. “Because if the Commission is serious about its commitments to EU citizens, it needs to start now the dialogue with all parties to effectively coordinate funding, education and milestones to accelerate the transition to non-animal science.”

The European Parliament reviewed our evidence and took action to advance science and spare animals,” says PETA founder Ingrid Newkirk. “The UK government must now follow suit and require implementation of PETA’s Research Modernisation Deal or risk falling behind scientifically.”

PETA entities are now calling on the European Commission to act urgently on the will of the Parliament and to use PETA’s Research Modernisation Deal to deliver a Europe in which no animals are used in experiments.

PETA – whose motto reads, in part, that “animals are not ours to experiment on” – opposes speciesism, a human-supremacist worldview. For more information, please visit PETA.org.uk.

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