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Animal research ban would be ‘disaster’, biologists warn

Dominic Wells, professor in translational medicine at the Royal Veterinary College and chairman of the animal science special interest group at the Society of Biology, has spoken out against a European petition to ban animal research.

A Society of Biology press release on 8 May quotes Wells as saying that a repeal of European Directive 2010/63/EU, demanded in a petition organised through the European Citizens’ Initiative, would be “a disaster for both animal welfare and bioscience research”. The directive sets out requirements on the use of animals in research for European Union member states. 

Wells told Research Fortnight that the Animal Science Group is “uniformly opposed to the abolition of the directive”, and that its position is “as much about the animal welfare as the research”. 

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