Target: Italy’s Parliament
Goal: Commend Italy for passing reforms for animals in laboratories
Italy’s Parliament has just passed sweeping reforms for animals in laboratories. These new regulations ban the breeding of dogs, cats, and primates for experimentation, the use of animals in military exercises and experiments, all experiments involving alcohol, drugs, and tobacco, using live animals in education, except for training doctors and veterinarians, and any painful experiment without the use of anesthesia, except for testing the effects of analgesia or anesthetics.
Laboratory animals often suffer painful tests which burn their skin, torture them with electric shocks, or hurt their eyes. Millions of animals suffer daily in laboratories. Some animals are also bred simply to be killed studied by students learning about anatomy.
These reforms were clearly needed after a break in at the University of Milan. Those involved broke in to the animal laboratory and mixed up animals and cages, ruining experimenters work. They left with around 100 rats and several rabbits.
These reforms come just months after the EU passed a ban on cosmetics tested on animals. European Parliament had already banned cosmetics companies from tormenting animals in cruel tests on EU soil, but now companies eyeing the lucrative EU market will have to abandon all animal tests anywhere in the world for both their finished products and their ingredients. The ban has already led many companies to invest in advanced non-animal testing methods, sparing countless rabbits, guinea pigs, mice, rats, and other animals from having chemicals dumped into their eyes, poured down their throats, and ground into their skin.
These reforms will likely undergo a review by the EU before being enacted officially, but they are a great step for laboratory animals. They spare animals the pain of being experimented on and are a step towards a cruelty free nation. Commend Italian Parliament for enacting these reforms.
Dear Italian Parliament,
Thank you for enacting the reforms that will help laboratory animals. Laboratory animals suffer daily for humans benefit, which should not be. The reforms you have put into place will help to regulate a cruel industry and eventually phase it out entirely.
Animals do not get the choice of being experimented on or not. Your reform to stop the pain of laboratory animals is commendable and a great step towards a cruelty free nation. We appreciate you taking a stand for innocent animals.
[Your Name Here]
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