MEPs demand EU action plan to end the use of animals in research and testing

  • Animal testing for cosmetic products prohibited in the EU since 2009
  • 12 million animals were still bred and killed for animal testing in 2017
  • More funding for alternative testing methods needed
  • Minimise pain, distress and suffering of animals when their use cannot be avoided

Parliament urges the EU to accelerate the transition to a research system that does not use animals.

MEPs request an EU-wide action plan with ambitious and achievable objectives as well as timelines for phasing-out the use of animals in research and testing. They see this happening by reducing, refining and replacing procedures on live animals for scientific purposes, as soon as it is scientifically possible and without lowering the level of protection for human health and the environment.”

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