In a decree of March 17, article R214-90 of the Rural and Maritime Fishing Code was modified. The new version of the text widens the scope of derogations from the use of laboratory animals.
« A terrible setback ». In a press release published Friday, June 26, the association 30 million friends protested against a decree easing the law on the use of animals in laboratories. « The government has forced us to go back by more than 30 years », indignant Reha Hutin, the president of the association for the defense of animals.
The object of this wrath dates from March 17, 2020. On that day, a decree modifies article R214-90 of the Rural and Maritime Fishing Code. This article states that laboratory animals « must have been bred for this purpose and come from approved breeders or suppliers ». He plans « derogations (…) on the basis of duly justified scientific evidence when the production of approved breeders is insufficient or does not suit the specific needs of the project « .
It is this last point which was modified on March 17th. The mention the reference « when the production of approved breeders is insufficient or does not suit the specific needs of the project » has been removed, effectively expanding the cases where derogation is possible. « This decree is the door open to the worst! Breeding of hunting dogs, individuals, anyone can sell their animal to a laboratory », also denounces in the press release Christiane Laupie, of the scientific committee Pro anima, partner of 30 million friends.