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European Union: Revision of Old Rules on Animal Scientific Experimentation

(Sept. 13, 2010) On September 8, 2010, the European Parliament, after lengthy negotiations, supported the adoption of revised rules on the use of animals for scientific experiments proposed by the EU Commission. The European Union institutions (the Commission, the Parliament, and the Council of the EU) have been in the process of revising the 25-year-old […]

Italy: Rome Regulations to Protect Carriage Horses

(Mar. 3, 2010) On February 22, 2010, new regulations went into effect in Rome, Italy, to better protect horses that pull tourist buggies. The new rules ban grueling uphill climbs, limit the animals' work day to an eight-hour maximum with mandatory breaks, prescribe regular health checks, and require the drivers to display license plates to […]

European Union: New Rules on Protection of Animals for Killing or Slaughter

(Nov. 24, 2009) Within the European Union, 360 million sheep, goats, pigs, and cattle and several billion poultry are killed annually; in addition, 25 million animals are killed for their fur. In September 2009, the European Union adopted new legislation designed to safeguard animal welfare at the time of slaughter. The scope of the regulation […]

European Union: Stricter Rules on Animal Testing

(Nov. 14, 2008) For the past eight years, the European Commission has been working on a highly controversial proposal regarding animal testing. The proposal attempts to balance animal rights with the rights of scientists to use animals for experimental purposes. Within the European Union, approximately 12 million animals are used for experiments each year. Most […]