Research on great apes to be prohibited, ethical evaluation made mandatory, and greater focus should be placed on alternatives to animal research. These are some of the changes in the Commission’s proposal for new European legislation on animal research. But there is no requirement for a total ban on the use of monkeys in research.
The European Commission also emphasizes the need for finding alternative methods to animal experiments, with the ethical principle of the 3Rs as a guiding star: replace, reduce, refine.
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