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Green MEP to speak in animal testing debate

PUBLISHED: 14:33 11 May 2015 | UPDATED: 14:33 11 May 2015

Green MEP for the south east Keith Taylor

Green MEP for the south east Keith Taylor

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But Keith Taylor says ban proposals need to be re-examined

A ban on animal testing is to be debated by the European Parliament this afternoon – and Kent and London’s Green MEP is to speak.

South East MEP Keith Taylor will address the debate, which has been called in response to a petition signed by 1.2 million people.

However, Mr Taylor says that while he supports a ban in principle, he does not agree with the details of the proposals.

He will say: “I support the objective of replacing animal tests with alternative strategies.

“I agree about the need to continually advance our scientific understanding of disease and illness, but we can do this without the need to experiment on animals.”

Mr Taylor added in a statement: “Animal testing is unethical and unscientific. There are research methods that are far more relevant than animal testing in terms of assessing the potential impact on human health.

“I urge the European Commission to set up a working party with relevant organisations to identify concrete revisions of EU law to advance this process.”

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