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Antidote Europe has presented a complaint to the European Mediator. A summary of this complaint is available below. All the associations willing to give their support can print the summary below on their letterhead paper, complete and sign it, and send it to: Antidote Europe - 25 rue Jacques Callot - 66000 Perpignan - France.

Already,
124 associations have signed
12 countries are represented: 10 European countries as well as Canada and the Philippines

More than 1 million European citizens are represented

Many thanks to all associations which have already signed (see list below)!

Complaint to the European Commission concerning administrative mismanagement Presented by Antidote Europe to the European Mediator

This complaint refers to a project of the European Union 'PL037712 Carcinogenomics', whose aim 'is to develop in vitro methods for assessing the carcinogenic potential of compounds […] based on the application of "omics" technologies', at an estimated cost of 10,440,000 euros, spanning five years.

The complaint will show that the European Commission (EC) should not have launched this project since the methods intended to be developed in the project are already well established and known to the scientific community. The EC is already aware of this fact, based on several written communications it has received from Antidote Europe (including a letter signed by 140 European-based organisations), in addition to meetings that have taken place between Antidote Europe and the European Centre for the Validation of Alternative Methods (ECVAM), based at EC quarters at Ispra. The launching of the project 'PL037712 Carcinogenomics' will thus have the effect of slowing down the application of a method that is known to be reliable, fast, and economical, that is already available.

The complaint points to the advantages of 'high throughput toxicogenomics' developed by Antidote Europe that has been suitably tailored to meet the needs of the REACH programme, which in fact recognises its significance. Therefore, Antidote Europe asks that the European Mediator recognise the EC's administrative mismanagement and that the EC should instead have:
1. Instructed ECVAM to recognise the significance of toxicogenomics as a scientific method in place of animal experiments and to expedite its validation at the European level;
2. Mandated the use of toxicogenomics as an early screen for detecting carcinogenicity and toxicity of chemical compounds.

The precautionary principle, the preservation of public health, and the requirements of directive 86/609 would thus be met, contrary to the situation at present.

The more than 100,000 chemicals currently in our environment are thought to be the principal cause for the significant increase in cancer, neurodegenerative diseases, sterility and birth defects, even though it has not always been possible to establish a causal relationship between a disease and a particular chemical due to a lack of reliable toxicity assessment. The aim of REACH is precisely to identify the most dangerous chemicals, in order to remove them from the market. Current animal tests clearly cannot fulfil this objective, since there is no animal species that serves as a reliable model for humans. The director of ECVAM has publicly criticised toxicity testing using animals, as has the US Academy of Sciences, which stated that 'human cell systems have the potential to largely supplant testing in animals'.

Articles of the EC Treaty, together with directive 86/609 and the REACH programme are therefore all being flouted, since the EC has not taken appropriate measures to test the carcinogenic (and otherwise toxic) potential of chemical compounds, using toxicogenomics, whose reliability and relevance have already been demonstrated (by Antidote Europe) and recognised (by the European Parliament).

I, the undersigned, Mr/Mrs/Ms ______________________
On behalf of my organisation _______________________
Would like to add our voice, in support of the complaint submitted by Antidote Europe to the European Mediator, in objecting to the European Project titled 'PL037712 Carcinogenomics'.

Date : ____________
Signature :

Have already signed:

In Belgium
§ ANSPA (Association nationale des sociétés de protection animale - bd Graindor 5 - 1070 Bruxelles)
§ APMA (Action préventive contre le martyre des animaux de laboratoire - de Burletlaam 4 - 2650 Edegem)
§ La Croix Bleue de Belgique (rue de la Soierie, 170 - 1190 Bruxelles)
§ Ligue des Droits de l'Enfant
§ SEA (Suppression des expériences sur l'animal vivant - Koninksemstraat 156 - 3700 Tongeren)
§ UBAEAV (Union belge pour l'abolition de l'expérimentation sur l'animal vivant - rue Henri Van Zuylen 21 - 1180 Bruxelles)

In Croatia
§ Animal Friends Croatia

In Canada
§ Aequo Animo
§ Canadians for the Advancement of Health Research

In France
§ Action Consommation
§ Action Santé Environnement (ASE)
§ ADEVI (2 rue St-Firmin - 34000 Montpellier)
§ Agir pour l'Environnement
§ Agir pour sa santé
§ Aidons les animaux
§ Alliance pour le respect et la protection des animaux (ARPA - 10 rue Sorgentino - 06300 Nice)
§ Amies des animaux (76 Rouen)
§ Animal Amnistie
§ Animaux secours (Refuge de l'Espoir - 74380 Arthaz)
§ ASDA (Chemin des Gardes - 26200 Montélimar)
§ Association Les Guides de la Nature et de la Vie (AGNVS)
§ Association d'Aide Aux Victimes des Accidents des Médicaments (AAAVAM - 10 rue de la Paix - 75002 Paris)
§ Association de recherches acoustiques biologiques électroradiologiques (ARABEL)
§ Association Nationale contre le Martyre Animal (ANMA)
§ Association Nationale contre le Trafic d'Animaux de Compagnie (ANTAC)
§ Association Niçoise Féline - Paca
§ Association Végétarienne
§ Association Végétarienne & Végétalienne d'Informations (AVIS - 40 rue A Duméril - 31400 Toulouse)
§ Au Bonheur des 4' Pattes
§ Bio Consom'Acteurs
§ Camargue Littoral Environnement
§ Centre d'Hébergement d'Etude sur la Nature et l'Environnement (CHENE)
§ Centre d'Hébergement pour Equidés Vétérans Antenne Languedoc (CHEVAL)
§ Centre Information Documentation Environnement Santé (CIDES - 38 rue Formigé - 33110 Le Bouscat)
§ Cercle canin provencal (68 bd du Capitaine Geze - 13014 Marseille)
§ Chiens Interdits C'Est Pas Dit (CICPD)
§ Citoyen Responsable
§ Club des Amis de la Nature et des Animaux (CLAN - BP 105 - 30400 Villeneuve-lez-Avignon)
§ Coalition Anti-Vivisection
§ Collectif anti-corrida de Fréjus (CAC83)
§ Collectif de Libération Animale de Dijon (CLAD)
§ Collectif Libération Animale de Montpellier (CLAM)
§ Coloca Terre
§ Comite Terre Animaux Protection (Quartier Malespine - Chemin de Carraire prolongé - 13120 Gardanne)
§ Connaissance de la santé (57 rue Sambin - 21000 Dijon)

§ Conseil de Protection Féline de l'Hérault (CPF34)
§ Convention Vie et Nature pour une Ecologie Radicale
§ Coordination et Information en Faveur des Animaux Martyrs (CIFAM)
§ Cosa animalia
§ Coup d'Coeur Coup d'Pat
§ Destination Enfer
§ Droit des Animaux (BP 221 - 93221 Gagny)
§ Editions La Criée
§ Europe Ecologie (24 allée du Valois - 60500 Chantilly)
§ Evolution Biophile (Domaine de Fillon - 07410 Arlebosc)
§ Fédération des Luttes pour l'Abolition de la Corrida - Comité des Pyrénées Orientale
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§ Fédération des Sociétés pour l'Etude, la Protection et l'Aménagement de la Nature dans le Sud-Ouest (SEPANSO - 1 ou 3 rue de Tauzia - 33800 Bordeaux)
§ Fédération nationale contre le martyre des animaux (FNMA - 7 rue St Henri - 31000 Toulouse)
§ Filiale Locale Anti-Corrida - Comité FLAC du Pays d'Arles (BP mairie - 13150 Tarascon)
§ Fondation 30 Millions d'Amis
§ Fondation Assistance Aux Animaux
§ France Nature Environnement
§ Global Chance
§ Gorilla (BP131 - 26702 Pierrelatte Cedex)
§
Grain de sel (10 rue du Ranguet - 27120 Ménilles)
§ Groupement de Réflexion et d'Action pour l'Animal (GRAAL)
§ Horizon Sud-Ouest
§ Intelligence Verte
§ Jeux et peintures du mardi (Centre municipal Barande - Perpignan)
§ L'Ecole du Chat Libre d'Alsace (BP9 - 67770 Sessenheim)
§ Label Vert
§ Le Sanctuaire des hérissons
§ Les Chats Libres de Nîmes Agglo (5 rue B Bonnet - 30000 Nîmes)
§
Les Chats de Stella (9 rue du Pavillon - 06140 Vence)
§ Maïcha
§
Mouvement ecologiste indépendant (MEI)
§ Mouvement hommes animaux nature (MHAN)
§ Mouvement pour le Droit et le Respect des Générations Futures (MDRGF)
§ Oeuvre d'Assistance aux Bêtes d'Abattoirs (OABA)
§ One Voice
§ Prévenir l'Enfance des Risques Toxiques Environnementaux (PERTE)
§ Protection animale de Lunel
§ Protection Défense de l'Environnement de Bourg-Fidèle
§ Refuge des Bérauds (Rue des Frères Lumière - 26100 Romans-sur-Isère)
§ Réseau Cétacés
§ Respectons
§ Santé Environnement en Rhône-Alpes (SERA)
§ Sens Art'ifice (315 route des Monts - 74540 Héry-sur-Alby)
§ Société Protectrice des Animaux (SPA)
§ Société Protectrice des Animaux (SPA) de Nîmes (Km 7 route de Sauve - 30900 Nîmes)
§ SOS Grand Bleu
§ SOS Lévriers
§ The Earth Organization (Association Terre)
§ Trait d'Union de la Protection Animale (TU-PA)
§ Veg'Anim
§ Veg'Asso
§ VegNord
§ Vivre Ethique

In Ireland
§ Irish Anti-Vivisection Society (PO Box 13, Greystones, CO. Wicklow)

In Italy
§ Equivita
§ Lega per l'abolizione della caccia
§ Movimento Antispecista
§ UNA (Uomo Natura Animali) Cremona

In Luxembourg
§ Animal Justice Luxembourg

In the Netherlands
§ EDEV (Een Dier Een Vriend)

In the Philippines
§ Palawan Animal Welfare Association Inc.

In Portugal
§ ANIMAL

In Switzerland
§ AktionGemeinschaft Schweizer Tierversuchsgegner (AG STG)
§ ATRA
§ Club Romand des Amis des Cochons d'Inde (CRACI - Tatrel 21 - 1617 Tatroz)
§ Fondation pour une Terre humaine
§ Fondazione Hans Ruesch per una Medicina senza Vivisezione
§ Greenpeace Regional Group of Geneva
§ Help the Strays
§ Société Vaudoise pour la Protection des Animaux (SVPA)
§ SOS chats
§ Tierschutzbundbasel (TSB)
§ Unis Pour les Animaux (UPLA - Case postale 440 - 1211 Genève 4)

In the United Kingdom
§ Animal Aid
§ Animal Defenders International (ADI)
§ Vivisection Information Network (VIN)
§ Voice for Ethical Research at Oxford (VERO)
§ Young Indian Vegetarians (226 London Rd. Croydon)