No EU funding for Oxford lab
Commission against animal lab funding
21 June 2006
News that the European Commission will not be funding a controversial animal
testing laboratory in Oxford, revealed by the European Parliament this week
has been welcomed by Green Party MEP Dr. Caroline Lucas. The South Park
Road facility has been the focus of heated discussion and protests in recent
weeks, by groups both for and against the lab.
The decision not to back the development underlines the EU's aim to work
towards the eventual elimination of animal testing in favour of alternative
"I am absolutely delighted that the centre - which is deeply unpopular an
entirely unnecessary - will not be receiving taxpayers' cash via the 'back
door' of the EU," commented Dr. Lucas.
"The European Commission has restated its commitment to the '3Rs' - the
reduction, refinement and replacement of animal testing - and I hope in s
doing it has gone some way to countering the myth that it is only extremist
who oppose the proposed new laboratory."