The BUAV is presenting to scientists and regulators around the world this week at the 8th World Congress on Alternatives and Animal Use in the Life Sciences, taking place in Montreal, Canada.
The conference is a week-long event that takes place every two years. It is designed to bring together scientists, veterinarians, animal welfare organisations, companies and regulators to discuss the use of animals in experiments and the progress that has been made over the last two years to replace their use. It is an important event attracting over 1,000 participants from over 50 countries, and a real opportunity to make sure that animals in laboratories have a voice.
As well as taking the opportunity to meet with colleagues campaigning across the world for the protection of animals, the BUAV will be presenting on two topics during the week. Our Chief Executive, Michelle Thew, will present on the campaign to protect the 2013 ban on the sale of new animal tested cosmetics in Europe. She will talk about our report on the status of alternatives to animal testing for cosmetics and how the report is helping to create debate on the impact on industry of keeping to the hard-fought 2013 deadline. Our Senior Science Advisor, Dr Katy Taylor, will present our experiences (as part of the European Coalition to End Animal Experiments) of submitting comments under the REACH testing proposals system in our efforts to stop animal tests.
The week promises to be a tightly packed event with meetings, events and seminars. We will be using the time to meet with influential policy makers as well as making sure we get up to date with the status of alternatives for a range of animal tests.