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March 30, 2009


Antonia Mochan

This piece does not reflect the reality of the proposal on the table of the European Parliament. The proposal does not address the issue of finding alternatives to animal testing. Rather, it aims to improve the welfare of animals used in scientific procedures, reduce to the absolute minimum necessary the number of animals used in scientific procedures, ensure fair competition for industry and research, and boost the development and validation of alternative methods to replace, reduce and refine the use of experimental animals.

At the moment, there are no Community-approved alternative methods using human embryonic stem cells, and there are certainly no requirements that human embryos are used instead, as you allege. The Commission has not moved from its statement in 2006 which, among other safeguards, stated that no research activity would be funded in a country where that activity was forbidden.

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