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European Citizens' Initiative "Stop Vivisection"

Discussion in 'General Discussion' started by Hayduke, May 29, 2015.

  1. Hayduke

    HaydukeExperienced Member Experienced member


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    STOP VIVISECTION is a European Citizens' Initiative (ECI) that has collected more than 1.150.000 certified signatures asking people to support a paradigm shift in the way biomedical and toxicological research are being conducted.

    STOP VIVISECTION was born in 2012 and need support. Last hearing in Brusel (11.05.2015)
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    You can also support this cause by signing this big petitions:

    Stop UK from Using Animals in Research
    Stop Nicotine Experiments on Animals
    Janssen Pharmaceutical, stop the dog experiments
    make a difference for animals suffering in laboratories
    The Clean Up Cruelty Petition
    Stop Air France From Shipping Monkeys
    Sign up to Say Non to Air France

    Please share and support Stop Vivisection
     

  2. Hayduke

    HaydukeExperienced Member Experienced member


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    The official response of the European Commission (June 3, 2015) comes as a huge surprise and disappointment to the 1.2 million citizens who signed the European Citizen's Initiative (ECI) «STOP VIVISECTION».

    The European Commission response plainly ignores every single request in our list of 10, that recapitulate a most crucial scientific, political, economic and ethical campaign, that was undersigned by a significant number of European citizens and has been recognised by the European Commission itself.

    We, the promoters of the Stop vivisection European Citizens Initiative, have shown our willingness to engage in a political and open dialogue with the European authorities by preparing a science-based document and by asking the Commission to provide specific answers to our ten proposals. Not one of our legitimate proposals was met. We feel that 1.2 MILLION citizens, and three years of intense campaigning deserve something better than a very superficial, generic reply. The Commission reply that it shares our goal of phasing out animal experiments is hard to believe.

    The Commission continues to rely on the outdated principle of the 3Rs (reduction, refinement, replacement) and stressing the ethical dimension of the debate but avoiding the scientific arguments regarding animal experimentation, which is clearly shown by the attitude towards the “conference issue” as well.

    Ignoring our request to convene a future scientific debate, with experts from both sides (pro and counter animal experiments) where scientific arguments could be discussed in depth in front of the public and the media as well as the international scientific community, the Commission proposes to set up a conference on the development of alternative methods. The major problem with this approach is that it avoids addressing the scientific validity of the animal model.

    This is a result showing a lack of democracy across the European political playing field, and a thorough lack of understanding of the collective interests and expectations as opposed to particular interests. To get the kind of answer that we have received from the European Commission it would have been sufficient a written question by a MEP or a petition to the Parliament.

    This is why in the next few weeks, we’ll lodge a complaint to the European Ombudsman denouncing the violation of the citizens’ right to be heard and given full informed, respectful answers to their questions. We will also involve the European Parliament in the defense of democratic debate between citizens and institutions as a fundamental value of civil and political coexistence.
     
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