DutchNews.nl, Friday 28 February 2014
"Every animal that we can make
redundant counts," said Dijksma.
New technology makes much animal testing unnecessary and it should be phased out as much as possible, the minister says in her statement.
In addition, practices which cause pain to animals, such as cutting off a toe from newly-born mice for identification purposes, should be phased out, she said.
Breeding genetically manipulated animals has led to a surplus and this should also be tackled, the minister says.
The animals are raised for experimentation but never used. In 2012, nearly 525,000 animals – mainly mice and fish - were surplus to testing requirements.
Nearly 590,000 animals were used for experimentation in relation to human health last year.
The new legislation will require breeding programmes using genetically manipulated animals to be licenced.
Dijksma has also asked the Dutch Academy of Sciences to come up with recommendations for reducing the use of primates like chimps in animal testing.
Talks are also underway with animal rights groups to work out ways to take better care of animals which are no longer being used for testing.