Tomorrow scientists from all over Italy will travel to Rome to join Pro-Test Italia in a rally to save medical research in Italy. At the rally, which will be held in Rome's via Colonna Antonina (Montecitorio), from 15.30 until 18.30, speakers from several of Italy's leading research organizations will join politicians from all major parties and members of … Continue reading As Italy prepares to rally for science, science rallies for Italy!
The approval on Wednesday by the Italian Chamber of Deputies of the amendments to directive 2010/63/EU - referred to as Article 13 - was a very sad day for science in Italy (and there have been far to many of these lately). While some of the provisions in Article 13 are quite innocuous, even rather pointless … Continue reading A bad week for medical research in Italy – but science is fighting back!
This post is based on a recent post by Pro-Test Italia that can be found here. On July 3, 2013, Pro-Test Italia was welcomed by Senators from several political parties to discuss the animal welfare and research implications of the new Italian law transposing the new EU Directive 2010/63/EU. Pro-Test Italia members had the opportunity … Continue reading Senators welcome Pro-Test Italia
It seemed like a crazy plan when we first heard about it from our friends in Pro-Test Italia at the end of April, to organize a day of events in cities across Italy to campaign for correct scientific information, and to do so in less than 6 weeks...and with a starting budget of precisely nothing. … Continue reading The Day Italy United for Science – 8 June 2013
Animal rights activism has long been on the rise in mainland Europe. Nowhere had this been more true than in Italy. In April 2012, activists stormed the Green Hill breeding facility and “liberated” a number of beagles from the facility. Since then they have threatened and harassed pharmaceuticals and breeders. In April 2013, five animal … Continue reading Pro-Test Italia Stands up to Animal Rights Activists
The following press release from Pro-Test Italia has had links added. Pro-Test rises again: Scientists in Italy follow UK Lead and Stand up to Animal Rights Extremism On Saturday 1 June 2013, hundreds of Italian researchers are to take to the streets of Milan in defence of lifesaving medical and veterinary research. In a demonstration … Continue reading Pro-Test to rise again
The Basel Declaration has collected over 4,000 signatures in the week since its Call for Solidarity behind researchers at the University of Milan. After the terrible break in at the University of Milan by animal rights extremists, the Basel Declaration sent out an email where they said: In discussion with Prof. Francesco Clementi, a signatory … Continue reading 4,000 People Stand Firm Behind Animal Research
There has been a rise in animal rights extremism across much of Europe for some time. Movements have increasingly focused on the breeding and transporting of Beagles used in animal experiments, however some seem to be broadening to all research. While the UK has locked up the worst extremists (and those who have since been … Continue reading European Storm Clouds gather over Italy