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first_imgA legislative stalemate over animal research could become costly for Italy. On 23 January, the European Commission asked the E.U. Court of Justice to impose a fine of more than €4.5 million per month for failing to incorporate a 2010 E.U. directive on animal testing into its national laws. A new law on animal tests has been the subject of a fierce debate in Italy.E.U. directive 2010/63 aims to harmonize the protection of animals in research across the European Union and minimize their use by requiring alternatives to be used when available. All 27 E.U. member states were supposed to have “transposed” the directive in national legislation by 10 November 2012. Six other countries—Finland, Bulgaria, Hungary, Romania, the Netherlands, and Poland—have failed to do so, for various reasons. A spokesperson for the Environment Directorate-General says the commission may ask for punishment for those countries, too; their cases don’t all move at the same speed, he says. Whether a fine is actually imposed is up to the court.In Italy’s case, the directive’s transposition has become entangled in a struggle over the future of animal testing in the country. A draft law that is now wending its way through the political system would put far-reaching limitations on animal testing that go well beyond those required by the European Union, and some wonder whether it is in compliance with the E.U. directive. 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The bill still has to go to a committee at the Chamber of Deputies before it comes back to the government for the president’s signature. Scientists say the law would damage scientific research in the country, and they recently launched a petition in protest. But the current version of the bill would postpone until 2017 three controversial bans: on drug abuse research involving animals; xenotransplantation; and breeding dogs, cats, and nonhuman primates for scientific purposes.Countries are allowed to have more restrictive rules than those in the E.U. directive only if they were already in place before September 2010. This is not the case for Italy, which could expose the country to a so-called infringement procedure by the commission. Emilia Grazia De Biasi, chair of the Senate’s Health and Hygiene Committee, has asked the government to assess whether the new law would be compliant with the E.U. directive.Italy should just transpose the directive without further modifications, as most countries have done, says Roberto Caminiti, a physiologist at the University of Rome La Sapienza and chair of the Committee on Animals in Research for the Federation of European Neuroscience Societies. Postponing the most controversial restrictions in the law is “a clumsy attempt to have the best of both worlds,” he says. Caminiti says Italian politicians don’t know or care enough about science to resist the animal rights movement and blames media for spreading “misinformation” about animal research.Ilaria Capua, a former avian influenza researcher and now a member of the Chamber of Deputies, agrees that Italy should respect its obligations within the European Union and pass a law that is compliant with the directive. Not doing so—and incurring a fine—is “expensive nonsense,” Capua says. But Michela Kuan, a biologist and a member of the animal rights group Lega Anti Vivisezione in Rome, says Italy’s problems weren’t caused by animal rights activists or the political debate, but by the animal research lobby. Kuan hopes that the 3-year delay will be taken out of the legislation.last_img read more

first_img———————————————————Note: This speech has been translated and edited by the members of the True Peace magazine team and published in October 2014 issue. Click here to get your own free copy of this magazine.——————————————————— September is the harvest month. At this providential harvest time, our responsibility is to witness—to find the many ripened, prepared grains. Hence, you should boldly let people know about True Parents. Have you seen the recent popular movie, “Myeongryang”? The world has no owner. The people’s hearts feel empty as a result. The leaders in those days were not able to truly lead the people and help them.That is why when Lee Sun-shin stood on the frontline in that difficult environment, with the heart to serve the people, the people united. This changed Korea’s fate. What do you think would have happened if Lee Sun-shin had not been there at that time?Even though this age has many great people, people are still waiting for a true owner. What position are you in? You are family members that have received True Parents’ blessing. You must inform people about True Parents. You should inform them, so that they become aware of True Parents. Do not be afraid! If you become one with True Parents, you can overcome and resolve all problems. Should a person that knows about this simply remain dormant? You should take the lead to witness and educate people! Father always said that there is no perfection in ignorance. Hence, you should let people know. Now is the time when you should boldly advance. Do not fear better established religious groups.I called members of the Youth Federation and CARP here today. You have come at the right time. Remember that many prepared lives are waiting for your voice and touch. Challenge yourselves and meet these people! It is not incorrect to say that the history of our Unification Church started from CARP. The standard of our Unification Church is high. When conveying the word, you are people that can digest anything. Hence, move forward with confidence! My hopes for you are high.In December, I plan to conduct a forty-day witnessing course for CARP and Youth Federation members in Las Vegas. I want to teach them to be leaders of a global standard. To become such a leader, not only is it important to connect through the heart, but one should be able to communicate through language too.Korea is the fatherland of our faith, True Parents’ fatherland. What does that imply? We must be able to embrace many brothers and sisters. The countries that stood at the frontline of missionary work… Korea was a bit weak. Those countries included Japan, America and Europe, Germany in particular.Leaders in Korea were not fully capable of thinking about the world and the future; as a result, they have not been able to raise successors. Time does not wait for us. It actually feels a bit late. Are you then going to give up because of that? We must make it possible! Most leaders are in their sixties and seventies. Yet, did they raise successors?Even though each of the providential organizations carries different responsibilities, I hope that they become one with the headquarters and work together in the same direction to bring about greater results. Since results are important, do not assert what is yours alone, but join hands and make greater results. The message I have given you this time is about this: Forgive, love and unite!This is the true love “flu” of this age given to you by True Parents. I hope this spreads to the nation and moves on to all of Asia and the entire world and that you yield results from such a foundation…. When one catches the flu, one must try hard to recover from it. Isn’t that right? The true love flu! I hope that providential organizations and groups often collaborate and communicate with one another and bring about greater success.A few days ago, the pope paid a visit to Korea and it became quite an issue. However, what came from his visit? He has left. The work that we do, however, is to save people. What else is greater than this, that we should be grateful for? Instead, you should be afraid of sleeping. Father tried not to sleep.You said you would become devoted children and patriots. If that’s the case, shouldn’t you take after True Parents? Please become sons and daughters that resemble True Parents and realize their hopes. This is the only way to give blessings to our descendants in the future.These days, I have been thinking a lot about indemnity. What can be done to establish a future without indemnity? You must do well. In other words, please do not put off your responsibilities. Just as I did, you should be able to say, “Follow in my footsteps!” Do you understand?Only by doing so can a new era be formed through you. The Cheon Il Guk era, the kingdom of heaven on earth, the kingdom of heaven through you… Of course doors opened through True Parents, but how extensively we build a good environment depends on you. Isn’t that right? Being in the position of children, you have responsibilities. Now! This is harvest season. Make great determination, pledge to Heaven every day that you will bring great result and live a life of practice! True Mother gave this message following hoondokhae on 8.8 on the heavenly calendar (September 1) in Cheon Jeong Gung.last_img read more