Thursday 16 April 2009

EU animal testing plans are a scandal and total disgrace

UKIP lead MEP candidates, Mike Nattrass & Nikki Sinclaire.

West Midlands UKIP MEP Mike Nattrass has called on the EU to slap a complete ban on the use of primates and any other animals in experiments. The UKIP MEP has bitterly attacked appalling EU moves to water down rules on animal experiments which cause severe prolonged suffering.

Mr Nattrass believes the European Parliament should be ethical and vote against the revision of EU rules thus protecting animal rights. He said: "I am totally against the use of primates or any other animals in experiments and will be voting against the revision of Directive 86/609 unless this includes a total ban on the use of primates in experiments.

"I have been involved in animal protection for many years and was first to sign the anti bullfighting 'Bull' in the European Parliament. I also signed against the cruel bear bile farming and against long distance transport of animals for slaughter."

"Entry into the European Union has proved to be about political domination in every area of our lives. Surly the use of primates in experiments is a matter for our Parliament and not unknown people hiding in Brussels."

"The EU now makes 75 per cent of our laws. It is time we said enough is enough. UK law should be made in Westminster and these laws should suit the UK not the 'one size fits all' European Union."

"If experiments must continue then let us see the justification. If those who do these things to living creatures are made aware of the powerful feelings to defend these lives then perhaps they will be less gung ho and show more respect."

Rejection will show those who experiment on apes and other intellegent beings, that there are many people who feel that each individual case must be justified at the very least.

The European Parliament will vote on the proposal in May.


grant holby said...

i have to take a lot of anti epileptic drugs every day(20 pills in fact)god only knows how many seizures id be having EVERY DAY without them.How about looking at the bigger picture as im sure you wont be putting yourself forward for any future testing.

wonkotsane said...

I don't agree with cosmetics testing on animals because it's vanity but medical testing I don't have a problem with and I am, in fact, a supporter of Pro-Test. My mum had cancer and was cured, thanks to drugs that were tested on animals. I don't think an animal's life is worthless but I do think that a human life is worth more. If a cure for cancer or alzheimers or MS or some other disease can be found through animal testing then make it happen, I reckon.

Anonymous said...

I say what's good for the goose.... Let humans freely put themselves forward for testing and get paid for it. I bet this would limit the amount of testing needed...if costly wages became part of the equation. I dont believe for a second that animal testing should go on to serve humans with conditions helped through drugs. By now there should be enough testing on products, collaborated to form new drugs, where future testing isn't needed. I cannot agree animal testing is needed now or in the future.