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Land of the Free, Home of the Antivivisectionists

Written by PETA | June 12, 2008

If you’ve idly tossed around the idea of expatriation, this news item will surely send you packing—and practicing your Italian. We’ve received news that the independent state of San Marino, located entirely within Northeastern Italy, has formally abolished all animal experimentation within its borders. The bill, supported by citizens’ signatures and a local animal protection group, was presented in February of this year and has now been signed into law.

Although San Marino is a small state, this is a historic event: San Marino is the very first nation to make all animal testing illegal. Clearly, people (in San Marino and elsewhere) want more sophisticated non-animal methods to be used and find that vivisection is generally abhorrent. In addition to being compassionate for passing this most progressive law, San Marino doesn’t have to worry about having an animal-torturing preclinical racket come to town and wreck its local water supply or snatch up its citizens’ loved ones.

On behalf of the cats, dogs, guinea pigs, hamsters, monkeys, chimpanzees, pigs, rabbits, sheep, rats, mice, birds, fish, and all other species that are commonly used for research, thank you, San Marino!


Posted by Sean Conner

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  • philippa says:

    I think animal experiments are banned in Lichtenstein as well.

  • amy maclennan says:

    I was emailed a petition asking people to help stop the skinning of cats and dogs . It was supposedly a PETA initiative ? Although I did not watch the video the written description of the skinning was really graphic and aweful . I have searched the site but nothing comes up about it ??? Is this an actual PETA email ?

  • voiceofreason says:

    Do you truly want all animal testing in the world to disappear or be forgotten? Susan you stated “This is the begining of the end of ALL animal testing in every country!” Are you ready to accept the consequences of a sudden world wide adaptation to one code of ethics? The medical advances we have gained is of course a common argument made but is nonetheless valid. If your son was going to die because he needed some insulin would you just walk him to a grave or let him die in your arms first? Cath you said that you are against animal testing of any kind. Does that mean you don’t benefit from animal testing or from companiescountries that allow it? In that case you really need to teach me how to make that bamboo computer you are running because you don’t support China in any way shape or form.

  • Kris says:

    It’s news like this that really keeps ya going in the face of so much cruelty in the name of consumerism and science. I just hope this starts to spread to more and more places in the world.

  • Gavin says:

    wooo!!! this is awesome!! way to go san marino! peta should set up a way to contact san marino and tell them just how thrilled we are with them! D

  • Susan says:

    Great news! San Marino’s people should be commended! This is the begining of the end of ALL animal testing in every country!

  • cath says:

    I am against animal testing of any kind. I just watched the PETA fur trade in China video it brought me to my knees in tears. How could the Chinese allow this type of practice. These animals are being skinned ALIVE!! Absolutely gruesome. I will not buy anything made in CHina that is fur related.

  • Mike Quinoa says:

    Good for you San Marino. You are not only bighearted but obviously very intelligent too!

  • Maureen says:

    I know San Marino is a tiny state but it towers over other countries in compassion.

  • lynda downie says:

    Another unbelievable victory for animals! A shout of triumph for animals! A happy birthday gift to Ingrid! Thank you San Marino!

  • Annalena says:

    So amazing! This is landmark! Bless them.

  • Rachel A says:

    This is wonderful news. I can only hope that others will follow in the footsteps of San Marino!