Michael F.W. Festing
Buried in Table 15, under the general heading of Risk Management in the European Commission’s proposed fifth programme of “policy and action in relation to the environment” (1992), is a target for a reduction of 50% in the numbers of vertebrates used for experimental purposes by the year 2000. The implications of this target were discussed at a meeting held in Brussels on 14 and 15 April 1997, which included representatives from national governments, regulatory authorities, the European Commission and the European Parliament, animal welfare organisations, commercial companies and academia.
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