SAFRIreland News Articles Updated: 19 June 2021

Vivotecnia Lab In Serious Breach Of European Legislation As It Resumes Work In Madrid

Statement from Sergio Torres General Director of Animal Rights

“Yesterday we learned that the Government of Idiaz Ayuso has lifted the suspension of Vivotecnia laboratory, where we saw scenes of abuse reported by Cruelty Free International, two months later, Comunidad Madridreopened the facilities. The reopening of this center is intolerable, the Community of Madrid has preferred to look the other way, despite repeated requests from civil society, different institutions and the judicial process to guarantee the welfare of the animals that were there. Since we, the Directorate General for Animal Rights (@AnimalesGob) We have sent 4 letters to the prosecution, requesting inspections and offering veterinary equipment and facilities for confiscation and safekeeping of the animals. 3 other letters have been sent to the Community of Madrid and they have not responded. The Community of Madrid carried out an inspection on Friday, April 9, and on Sunday, April 11, it reported the stoppage of the experimentation activity in this center, proving that there were signs of animal abuse. They assured that the animals would leave there. We have proposed the inclusion of a video surveillance system in all the experimentation laboratories of our country. A measure that has already been approved for slaughterhouses and that we understand is now necessary, to guarantee that cases like this cannot be repeated. It is necessary to review the protocols of ethical supervision in animal experimentation to guarantee what is required by law 32/2007 and a greater investment in alternative methods that will lead us to reduce and in the future eliminate animal experimentation in our country.”