Having Democracy allows citizens to protest and within the European Union there are methods to have a debate heard. In the UK a 100,000 signatures in a population of 60 million triggers parliament to discuss the issue. In the European Union you need 1,000,000 signatures out of a population of 500,000,000 to trigger the debate.
They say "We urge the European Commission to abrogate directive 2010/63/EU on the protection of animals used for scientific purposes and to present a new proposal that does away with animal experimentation and instead makes compulsory the use - in biomedical and toxicological research - of data directly relevant for the human species".
In the UK animals in research have been protected by Law since 1876 and Directive 2010/63/EU is the directive that protects animals used for science. This brings Europe to a standard that has been enforced in the UK for many years. Abolishing protection of animals in research seems rather retrograde
This week the European Union had this debate and it seems from probably biased centres that it was a bit dull, Apparently "the claims, that animal models have no predictive value for human disease, drew thin and only occasional ripples of agreement from a cluster of supporters seated at the back of the half-filled aud"itorium.
Apparently The European Parliament has until 3 June 2015 to decide what to do.
Perhaps it should listen to the loud (Ho-Ho) and unified voice of the continent’s scientists.....and then do precisely nothing, otherwise it may simply cause things to move East and Westwards where less regulation and animals rights are in place.
MS Pharma are already moving.
They are closing or moving their MS research elsewhere maybe to countries where they think it is OK to tie mice upside down by its tail for a month.