Italy taken to EU court for failure to protect lab animals
Could be fined 150K euros a day for not applying EU directive21 January, 18:18
The directive aims to improve the welfare of lab animals and to firmly anchor the principle of the three Rs - to replace, reduce and refine the use of animals - in EU legislation. Among other things, it says member States must take into account available ''scientific knowledge in respect of factors influencing animal welfare as well as the capacity of animals to sense and express pain, suffering, distress and lasting harm''.
Animal welfare is enshrined in Article 13 of the European Union treaty.