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Animal Research is Brave Science


 Petitions and Initiatives on Use of Animals in Scientific and Biomedical Research - Everybody is invited to follow the petitions and the initiatives launched by scientists to defend the use of animals in scientific and biomedical research in EU.


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March 2014 Approved by Italian Government the so-called "anti-vivisection" new rules !!! Read all (in Italian) at our page, dedicated to new Presidential Decree on Use and Care of Animals for Experimentation.


 The petition can be signed following this link.


Dear friends, colleagues and everybody in support of biomedical and basic research,

on Saturday April 20, 2013, a research animal facility of the University of Milano and the National Institute of Neurosciences got devastated by animal rights extremists. Mice requiring special care were abducted and a large number of invaluable and long-term experiments to study neurological diseases for which no cures exist such as Autism, Alzheimer's, Parkinson's and others were destroyed due to these senseless acts.

For more details see text at this link and the enclosed Press Release by the Basel Declaration Society.

In discussion with Prof. Francesco Clementi, a signatory of the Basel Declaration and renowned pharmacologist whose research was devastated by the attack, we have decided to ask you to join us in an international call for solidarity to strongly condemn these violent and extremist acts against researchers and their animals.

Therefore, we now ask you to show your solidarity with the Italian colleagues, whose research has been so badly hurt at this time. What happened in Milan, can happen anywhere anytime if we do not stop it! In democratic societies, we can no longer accept extremist acts against researchers devoted to basic and medical research, which is key to finding cures and/or better treatments for the many still devastating and deadly diseases. We need to send a very strong message to the extremists, but also to politicians, lawmakers and law enforcement officials that unfortunately do not always act forceful enough to prevent and/or interfere with such extremist acts.

Our colleagues in Milano deserve your support as they are part of the large academic researcher community that devotes enormous efforts and time, often at personal expense, to gain an understanding of the disease mechanisms and find ways to interfere with or even cure them. Their research is key to continue to improve health care for us, our children and the generations to come.

Therefore, we kindly ask you to please use the following weblink to show your solidarity - one minute of your time will help to make the big difference - please just cruise to  the call-for-solidarity and sign!

Very best regards,

Prof. Rolf Zeller
President of the Basel Declaration Society


September 28, 2012 - Animal research is brave, not cruel, science! yet many scientists still fear speaking about their essential and important work ( Read article by Fiona Fox - "The Guardian" ). Referring to the failure of the scientific community to speak on the issue of animal research, many scientists who work on animals are not motivated by cruelty but by a powerful desire to push the frontiers of medical research and develop therapies for debilitating diseases. Each one of these scientists is proud of the work they do and they should show that pride!
Applied research on animal behavior (and its modulation by environmental influences and/or innovative biomedical agents) implies testing alive animals. Please sign here the petition for sustaining the need of laboratory research with animals (as ruled by Law and for the sake of Human Health).

September 8, 2010 - the EU Parliament passed the EU directive on the use of animals in scientific research. After formal approval of the text from the EU Council on 22 September 2010, EU member states will be given two years to implement the new directive. Click here for full text of the directive.


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