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About Stop Vivisection

STOP VIVISECTION has been made possible thanks to an important participatory legislative tool introduced by the European Union in 2012 with the application of article 11 of the EU Treaty. It is the new "Right of initiative", which allows European citizens to "participate in the shaping of European policies" in a strictly regulated manner.

Referring to this regulatory framework eleven European citizens of different backgrounds and origins have created the Initiative STOP VIVISECTION, which has received the approval of the European Commission to proceed, and which has reached well beyond the one million certified signatures required: STOP VIVISECTION has exceeded 1.200.000 signatures accepted as valid by the authorities in charge.

 

The reasons for Stop Vivisection

1) The number of doctors and researchers of international renown who question the validity of animal experimentation, as a major scientific error - since it has no predictive value for humans - continues to grow.

2) From this perspective, the practice of animal experimentation is:

a. A hazard to human health and to the environment;
b. A brake for the development of new methods of biomedical research based on the extraordinary scientific discoveries of our times, making inroads everywhere;
c. An obstacle to the ability to tap into answers far more reliable, comprehensive - as well as being faster and cheaper - provided by new technologies that are relevant to humans.

3) STOP VIVISECTION was also launched to challenge and oppose the strong interests of those who make profits from animal testing, without considering either the health of citizens or the right to life, to liberty and to welfare, of all living beings.

STOP VIVISECTION was officially presented to the European Parliament on June 26, 2013, with the participation of MEPs from different political backgrounds and with the testimony of many scientists, who took part in the ceremony either directly or indirectly, by means of video conferencing and with an important introduction by Jeremy Rifkin.

STOP VIVISECTION, with more than 1.2 million signatures collected throughout Europe, wants to point to the European Commission the legislative way to proceed.

The way to proceed will be to make non-animal alternative methods, wherever applicable, compulsory, and to encourage their further development, in a concerted drive towards the rapid abolition of the useless and risky practice of animal experimentation. The practice of animal experimentation and testing have never formally undergone the process of "validation", which is currently required of all new testing methods.

 
 
Agenda of the Initiative:
 
APR
25
2012
Proposal of STOP VIVISECTION European Citizens’ Initiative to the Commission
   
JUN
22
2012
Registration of STOP VIVISECTION by the Commission with the authorization to collecting signatures on paper and online (time available 12 months)
   
JUN
26
2013
Conference in the European Parliament in Brussels for the presentation of STOP VIVISECTION
   
NOV
1
2013
Deadline for the collection of signatures (a delay of 4 months has been allowed to make up for the initial 6 months of delay in providing STOP VIVISECTION with the software needed for the online  collection)
   
DEC
23
2013
Before this date all signatures (the total of which is 1.326.000) have been forwarded for certification to the competent National authorities of each Member State
   
NOV
26
2014
Press conference in the European Parliament (Strasburgo) where the announcement is made of having reached more than one million certified signatures. The Commission asks the promoting citizens to wait for submitting their Initiative, because no date is available in its agenda for the coming 3 months.
   
MAR
3
2015
Submission of STOP VIVISECTION to the Commission, with the presentation of the certifications, for a total of 1.173.131 certified signatures. (This total is not inclusive of the certified signatures of two Member States, which were not returned to Stop Vivisection, despite our frequent requests)
   
MAY
11
2015
Date established by the Commission for the Hearing, both the private (in the morning) and the Public (3:00 pm. to 6:30 pm.)
   
JUN
3
2015
Within this Date an answer is due from the Commission to the promoters of Stop Vivisection