March 18, 2015
National Congress Applauded for Confirming 16.7 Million Reais Investment in Alternatives to Animal Testing
2015 Yearly Budget Increases Investments into Alternatives Methods by Eight-fold
BRASÍLIA — The National Congress voted yesterday to include R$16.7 million in funding for the National Network for Alternative Methods (Rede Nacional de Métodos Alternativos or RENAMA) on the 2015 budget, a move applauded by Humane Society International. The funds were made available thanks to a series of amendments made at earlier stages of the parliamentary review of the budget. It represents an eight-fold increase compared to RENAMA’s 2012-2014 budget.
Antoniana Ottoni, HSI’s legislative officer, said: “We congratulate the members of the Congress who have worked with Humane Society International to make these funds available for alternatives to animal testing. This investment could potentially save thousands of animals from painful tests and bring Brazil firmly on the road to a better and kinder 21st century of science. Now that the plenary of the Congress have confirmed the amendments, it is the government’s responsibility to liberate these funds and we will work constructively with the Ministry of Science and Technology for this to happen as soon as possible.”
HSI is one of the world’s leading organisations advancing the replacement of animal tests with alternative methods. Animal tests not only cause animal suffering, but using other species such as mice and dogs to test chemicals or pharmaceuticals when their biological and physiological responses can be so different to those of humans is also scientifically questionable. By contrast, recent technology advancements have made available a range of state-of-the-art tools, including a growing suite of in vitro tests that are transforming chemical and pharmaceutical safety by allowing scientists to more accurately study effects on human biology at a molecular and cellular level.
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