EU labs using fewer animals

From ANIMAL PEOPLE, November/December 2013:


BRUSSELS, LONDON–– The European Coalition to End Animal
Experiments on December 12, 2013 “cautiously welcomed a decrease of
4.3% in the number of animal experiments carried out across the European
Union,” representing 519,501 fewer animals used than in 2008, when
EU data was last published.
But the coalition attributed the drop to the “economic
climate, as none of the EU member countries have a committed strategy
for reduction in place.”

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Protests close beagle lab

From ANIMAL PEOPLE, November/December 2013:


RIO DE JANEIRO, Brazil–– The Instituto Royal in Sao Roque,
Sao Paulo state on November 6, 2013 announced that it would go out of
Protesters on October 18, 2012 stormed the lab, seizing 178
beagles who had been used in pharmaceutical testing. About 500
activists allegedly including members of the Black Block anarchist group
fought police outside the lab the following day, torching a police car
and two cars belonging to a local TV station.
The Instituto Royal operating permit had been suspended by the
Sao Roque city government pending completion of an investigation of
alleged animal abuse.

China drops animal testing rule for cosmetics, shampoos & perfumes

From ANIMAL PEOPLE,  October 2013: (Actually published on November 20,  2013.) 

BEIJING––Effective on June 1,  2014 China will no longer require that cosmetics,  shampoos,  and perfumes be tested on animals,   the China Food & Drug Administration announced on November 5,  2013. Instead of having to submit products to CFDA laboratories for testing,  Chinese manufacturers will be allowed to submit the product safety data compiled to demonstrate the safety of raw ingredients,  which may include data from past animal testing.  Alternatively,  the manufacturers may submit the data from non-animal safety testing methods accepted by the 27-nation European Union.  Read more

Newly found ferret badger rabies strain raises concern about dogs

From ANIMAL PEOPLE,  September 2013: (Actually published on October 8,  2013)

Taipei,  Taiwan––A new rabies strain identified in Taiwanese ferret badgers may have the potential to exponentially increase the risk of rabies transmission by dogs.  But even if the new rabies strain does not behave in dogs as it does among ferret badgers,  it has ignited unprecedented public controversy in Taiwan over the value of animal testing. Read more

National Institutes of Health confirms it will phase out chimpanzee experiments

From ANIMAL PEOPLE,  July-August 2013:

WASHINGTON D.C.––The National Institutes of Health on June 26,  2013 confirmed that it intends to retire about 310 chimpanzees from research use during the next few years,  retaining 50 “if needed for crucial medical studies that could be performed no other way,”  reported Associated Press medical writer Lauran Neergaard. Read more

Harvard to close primate lab

From ANIMAL PEOPLE,  May/June 2013:

BOSTON––The New England Primate Research Center is to close by 2015,  the Harvard Medical School announced on April 24,  2013.   The center houses about 2,000 monkeys,  among them about 1,500 rhesus macaques and colonies of cotton-top tamarins and squirrel monkeys,  and hosts about 130 current studies, employing 200 scientists and primate caretakers. Read more

Biotech firm allegedly hid goats

From ANIMAL PEOPLE,  March 2013:

SANTA CRUZ,  California––The Animal Legal Defense Fund and Stop Animal Experimentation Now on January 17, 2013 asked Santa Cruz County Court for a permanent injunction ordering Santa Cruz Biotechnology Inc. to cease violating the federal Animal Welfare Act by allegedly neglecting goats used to produce antibodies. The lawsuit was filed three days after the Animal Welfare Institute asked Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack to revoke the Santa Cruz Biotech permits to deal in live animals,  and asked National Institutes of Health director Francis Collins to require Santa Cruz Biotech to submit a statement of compliance with the Animal Welfare Act as a condition for supplying antibodies to NIH-funded researchers. Read more

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