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LETTER TO MEMBERS OF THE EUROPEAN PARLIAMENT
Dear Member of the European Parliament,
we wish to express our great satisfaction for your success in being elected to the European Parliament. At the same time, we wish to thank you again for having joined the European Citizens’ Initiative (ECI) STOP VIVISECTION.
We believe that your joining our Initiative has contributed to your political success, as you gave evidence of your commitment for the protection of human health and of the weakest creatures, animals.
After the end of our collection of signatures (a total of more than 1,150,000 signatures has already been confirmed as valid by the government bodies responsible for certification), we are now starting the second part of our campaign for STOPVIVISECTION.
With the support of a very large number of scientific experts (whose number is constantly growing) and many enlightened people devoted to the defence of common good, we shall now explain the importance of our campaign at all political levels .
The new European Commission that will take office next autumn, must, according to the regulation of the European Citizens’ Initiatives, organise a public hearing during which we are going to explain our reasons for STOPVIVISECTION.
This will be a very important opportunity for the newly appointed European Commission to implement the new “Right to Initiative”, and for european Institutions to take a step towards participatory democracy, in an action aimed at recovering the trust of european citizens.
To make this public hearing very well attended and mostly effective, we believe that your contribution would be irreplaceable. As soon as possibile, a large number of Members of the European Parliament should start promoting the Initiative STOPVIVISECTION and its requests in all the relevant Committees, with every tool that is available (queries, resolutions, debates, etc.)
Furthermore, carrying out the instances of STOP VIVISECTION, we can reduce tha gap in science and technology between Europe and the United States, where the famous report by the Academy of Sciences “Toxicity testing in the 21st century: a vision and a strategy” (2007) has laid the groundwork for a radical breakthrough in biomedical research and toxicology, free from the counterproductive, anti-scientific references of the past (see Note).
We therefore have great and urgent need for help from you and the whole European Parliament.
Please join our new appeal and promote with us any useful initiative to ensure public hearing is successful and leads to a new European Directive which will “aim at the abolition of animal testing while making mandatory for biomedical and toxicology research the use of specific data for humans”.
A “light dossier” will soon be sent to you and all MEPs. The dossier will explain, with extensive scientific literature references, that the end of animal testing is not only a requirement of civilisation in compliance with article 13 of the EU Treaty and in line with many already adopted Community rulings, but is also an obligation for those who hold responsibility for our future: the correction of a dramatic scientific error that has led biomedical reserch astray, slowing down the progress of medicine and causing damage that one day we will all have to respond to.
With our very best regards
THE ORGANISING COMMITTEE OF STOP VIVISECTION
(1) Not all EU Member States have already completed the certification of signatures: some States are still missing. The number of certified signatures is therefore expected to grow.