San Marino Bans Vivisection
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The Republic of San Marino, an independent state lying entirely in northeast Italy, has abolished all experiments on animals.

This tiny country on the Adriatic Coast, which already has the record of being the oldest republic in the world, now can be proud of another record in the history of civilization: to be the first country on the globe to totally forbid animal experimentation.

In February 2007 the Associazione Sammarinese Protezione Animali (APAS) presented a law proposal supported by citizens’ signatures to ban vivisection, which in September was approved by the General Council, San Marino’s legislative body.

Now San Marino can call itself a “cruelty-free country,” at least as far as animal experimentation is concerned.

"We are very happy of this result, so good and quick" say Marina Berati from and Massimo Tettamanti, Europe manager for I-CARE (Centro Internazionale per le Alternative nella Ricerca e nella Didattica), who, along with Stefano Cagno from Rome’s Lega Anti-Vivisezione, have been helping to achieve this outcome, "and APAS volunteers have been extremely determined and successful. From now on San Marino will be off-limits for chemical and pharmaceutical companies carrying out animal tests and for all research institutions, both public and private, often funded by unaware members of the public, which base their research on vivisection".

The APAS press office says that thanks to this new law, which heavily punishes animal experimenters, San Marino Republic will represent a pole of attraction for companies using vivisection alternatives which are better, more reliable, and cheaper too.

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