CARE comments on the European Citizens’ Initiative ‘SAVE CRUELTY-FREE COSMETICS’

06 June 2023

FENS News, Neuroscience News

Members of the CARE Committee, along with EBC members, took part in a series of events involving EU officials and parliamentarians in Brussels on 23-24 May, calling for a ‘Pledge for Science‘. These meetings aimed to offer a scientific perspective on the use of animals in research to the MEPs before the public hearing in the European Parliament that took place on 25 May on the “Save cruelty-free cosmetics – Commit to a Europe without animal testing European Citizens’ Initiative (ECI)” petition.

The European Animal Research Association (EARA) is deeply concerned by the implications on public health and biomedical research of proposals outlined after the hearing in the European Parliament. The FENS Committee on Animals in Research (CARE) fully agrees with EARA’s statement and underlines the fact that European Citizens’ Initiative (ECI) supporters seem to ignore the current state of animal research and its strict regulations in support of the well-being of animals. Brain research relies on animal research as no alternatives are available, nor will they be available by 2024.

Read the full statement here.

About CARE

As a FENS Committee, CARE supports the development of relevant resources on animals in research and promotes public education in matters related to the use of animal models in neuroscience. The mission of CARE falls within the following areas: monitoring and advice, education and outreach and training and support.  

About FENS

The Federation of European Neuroscience Societies is the voice of European neuroscience, representing 44 neuroscience societies across 33 European countries and more than 22,000 neuroscientists. Its activities span five broad areas: scientific meetings, higher education and training, the European Journal of Neuroscience, outreach and advocacy and membership.  

About EARA

The European Animal Research Association (EARA) is a communications and advocacy organisation, representing both public and private institutions in the biomedical sector. Its mission is to inform people about the continued need for, and benefits of, the humane use of animals in scientific research, by providing accurate and evidence-based information.