In response to a campaign conducted throughout the European Union (EU), the European Commission has thrown away the request for imposing a blanket ban on inclusion of animals in any kind of scientific experiments.
The campaign was conducted by a group called Stop Vivisection. The campaign involved about 1.1 million signatures opposing the use of animals for scientific experiments in the EU.
Comprehensive guidelines were issued by the European Commission in this context in 2010. These guidelines allowed using animals for scientific experiments, but only by some legitimate organizations with licenses. They were supposed to be open to periodic and regular inspections by officials of the animal welfare department. But these rules were allegedly violated when facts revealed the use of over 11.5 million animals for experiments.
The EU does not permit the use of animals for testing cosmetics. The EU wants to extend the ban to the use of animals for scientific experiments specially when new drugs needed to be tested. Those in favour of the ban are of the opinion that these tests would serve the purpose even if they were conducted using mere cells in a test-tube. But scientists oppose this by saying that certain properties of drugs can be tested only through a comprehensive tests on animals.
Use of animals remains important to promote human health and life. It also involves animal health as quite a few of the drugs also find use in animals also. The final decision is to reconsider the use of animals in testing drugs.