Pro-Test Italia Stand Strong for Research

At 3pm the organisers of Pro-Test Italia arrived outside the Italian parliament building in Rome. Banners were unfurled, and balloons were blown up in preparation of the many scientists and students who would be attending the second ever Pro-Test Italia demonstration. By 3.30pm, around 500 people had gathered to show their support for lifesaving animal … Continue reading Pro-Test Italia Stand Strong for Research

As Italy prepares to rally for science, science rallies for Italy!

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!

A bad week for medical research in Italy – but science is fighting back!

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!

Senators welcome Pro-Test Italia

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

The Day Italy United for Science – 8 June 2013

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

Pro-Test Italia Stands up to Animal Rights Activists

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

Pro-Test to rise again

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