PRESS RELEASE - 17 November 2009
New Belgian laws
announced to ban animal testing and fund alternatives
The Lord Dowding
Fund (LDF) today welcomed announcements made in the Flemish Parliament to
introduce two groundbreaking laws which would ban all commercial animal testing
and give extra funding to the development of non-animal research techniques.
LDF, the research wing of Animal Defenders International (ADI), attended a
press conference in the Flemish Parliament on 17 November 2009, where the
proposed laws initiated by the Flemish Green Party were unveiled.
believes that the two laws should be implemented together as the restrictions to
animal testing would be complemented by the promotion of alternatives. The ban
on the use of cosmetic testing has led the way showing that this joined up
approach is very effective. Animal testing must be banned to force companies and
scientists to change their research methods or develop alternatives.
supports new and advanced methods of research such as cell culture,
biotechnology, brain imaging and computer packages which replace the use of
animals and there is growing scientific consensus that the animal model in
general is not effective in predicting human reactions.
Jan Creamer, LDF
Chief Executive, said: "Moving away from animal testing requires an ambitious
policy from public authorities, and the initiative from the Flemish Greens
delivers precisely what the public and a growing number of scientists are asking
for: a rapid and efficient switch from animal-based techniques to more advanced
and ethical methods."
"Belgian elected representatives should vote in
favour of these exemplary laws presented by the Green Party, which will put
Belgium at the forefront of ethical and scientific progress, ahead of many other
Danny Flies, Stop Dier Proeven, commented: "I salute
the bravery of the Belgian Green party in proposing these two groundbreaking
laws. Let this be an example for politicians all over Europe to do whatever they
can to invest in modern science without the use of animals in the interest of
humans and animals."
For further information, contact Amanda
Gent, LDF/ADI Public Relations, Office Tel: 020 7630 3344. Email:
NOTES TO EDITORS
The Lord Dowding Fund
Founded 30 years ago, The Lord Dowding Fund is the research wing of
Animal Defenders International (ADI) and the National Anti-Vivisection Society
(NAVS). The LDF awards grants totalling �300,000 a year to fund humane research
across a wide range of fields, including microsurgery, toxicology, breast and
lung cancer, Parkinson's disease, schizophrenia, cot death, cataracts and brain
damage. Named after WW1 Air Chief Marshal, Lord Dowding, a former President of
the NAVS, LDF also supports new and advanced methods of research such as cell
culture, biotechnology, brain imaging and computer packages which replace the
use of animals in the education of school and university level students.