The Brussels Capital Region of Belgium has announced that they will officially be banning animal testing that involves dogs, cats and primates.
This law will come into action on the 1st January 2020, and from 2025 animal experiments will also be banned in education and safety testing unless deemed “absolutely necessary”.
It is expected that the new law will reduce the total amount of animals tested in laboratories by around 20%, which equates to about 20,000 animals.
The decision comes after years of campaigning by animal-rights organisations such as Cruelty-Free International (CFI) Global Action in the Interest of Animals.
CFI CEO Michelle Thew said: “This is brilliant news from Belgium,”
“It goes to show that it is possible for governments to move away from the use of animals in experiments. I would call upon the United Kingdom Government to look at what has happened in Brussels-Capital and follow suit.”
This is not the first major leap that Brussels has made to improve the lives of animals.
Last year, Brussels banned the production of foie gras within its city limits.