‭‘‬Ambassador against animal tests‭' ‬sent packing

16 April 2008

‭‘‬Ambassador against animal tests‭' ‬sent packing

‬Professor Thomas Hartung,‭ ‬head of the European Centre for the Validation of Alternative Test Methods‭ (‬ECVAM‭) ‬appears to have been shown the door.‭ ‬SP Euro-MP Kartika Liotard is calling on the European Commission‭ “‬to either give some clarification on this‭ ‬or speak out against it.‭”

Dr.‭ ‬Hartung is well known in the world of industry,‭ ‬science and animal welfare as a renowned scientist.‭ “‬The news of the sacking of such a dedicated scientist came as a shock to me,‭” ‬said Liotard.‭ “‬His institute meant a great deal to those who want to see animal experiments reduced or eliminated.‭ ‬Together with my Swedish colleague Jens Holm I am sending an an open letter to the European Commission demanding clarification of this matter.‭” ‬The open letter from Liotard and Holm,‭ ‬both members of the European United Left-Nordic Green Left‭ (‬GUE-NGL‭)‬,‭ ‬will also be signed by Euro-MPs from the Greens as well as the European Parliament's two biggest groups,‭ ‬the Christian Democratic EPP and Social Democratic PES.‭

Dr.‭ ‬Hartung achieved results with his institute which became known the world over.‭ ‬ECVAM has won several prizes for its work,‭ ‬including in‭ ‬2006‭ ‬the US Society of Toxicology Enhancement of Animal Welfare Award.‭ ‬Hartung also ran his institute at a profit,‭ ‬earning the costs of his validation work many times over.‭ “‬If Thomas Hartung has been fired it would be in complete conflict with the promises of a European effort to find and propagate alternatives to animal testing,‭” ‬Liotard said.‭ “‬The number of animals which are killed and harmed annually in the EU in tests on cosmetics,‭ ‬for example,‭ ‬continues to grow.‭”

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