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Update: PETA has just received more good news for animals in laboratories: Tox21, an ongoing collaboration
among the Environmental Protection Agency, the National Institutes of Health,
and the U.S. Food and Drug Administration, will use a high-speed robotic
screening system—not animals—to test 10,000 chemicals for toxicity. This switch
will prevent countless animals from suffering in painful and antiquated tests.
Could the government actually be moving into the 21st century on this issue?
The below was originally posted December 15, 2011
The scientists in our Regulatory Testing Division
always appreciate PETA supporters who respond to their (ahem) somewhat technical action alerts. And they especially
appreciate the more than 25,000 of you who responded over the past year to our alert calling on the Environmental
Protection Agency (EPA) to use non-animal methods to reduce the numbers
of animals to be killed in the agency's massive endocrine-disruptor screening program
your efforts paid off, and the EPA issued a statement pledging to implement
changes to the EDSP that have the potential to save more than 3 million animals!
The EPA's new work plan, EDSP21, will use non-animal methods such as computer models and
tests known as "high-throughput
assays." In issuing
EDSP21, the EPA stated that by incorporating advances in computational
modeling, molecular biology, and toxicology, "EPA will prioritize and
screen chemicals with greater speed, efficiency, and accuracy, while minimizing
the use of laboratory animals."
PETA's scientists worked exhaustively over the past five years
to push the EPA in this direction by publishing op-eds; submitting legal
petitions, technical comments, and testimony; lobbying; and making
presentations at conferences and workshops. Six months ago, PETA published an article in a scientific journal and provided the EPA with
a clear pathway that is strikingly similar to what the EPA is now planning to implement.
The EPA's current EDSP program requires the use of
approximately 500 animals per chemical screened for potential interaction with
the endocrine system. Since the EPA has estimated that there are between 6,000
and 9,700 chemicals to be prioritized and screened, the potential to save
animal lives is huge. PETA will, of course, remain hyper-vigilant to ensure
that the EPA follows through on this commitment.
We're also keeping
the pressure on Congress to end invasive experiments on chimpanzees and
retire all the federally owned chimpanzees to sanctuaries. You can now help get
chimpanzees out of laboratories and into sanctuaries by clicking here to urge your congressional representatives to pass the Great Ape
Protection and Cost Savings Act.
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Written by Alisa Mullins
a move that has been a decade in the making, pharmaceutical giant Novo Nordisk
has announced that it will no longer use animals in quality-control tests of
each batch of the biological products—including vaccines—that it manufactures. This move will spare
more than 700 animals every year.
in PETA's Regulatory
Testing Division (RTD) have been working for years to
promote the implementation of non-animal methods for vaccine batch–testing and recently published an
article in the science journal Animals
highlighting the multipronged approach that they have used to save thousands of
approximately 10 million animals used annually to produce vaccines, about 80
percent are used in horrifyingly painful testing that is conducted for each
batch of vaccines, so it is easy to understand why RTD's work is critically
the successes detailed in the journal article was pushing industry to take full
advantage of available alternatives to the use of hamsters and other animals
for testing the leptospirosis
vaccine. PETA also tackled erysipelas
and achieved an exciting victory when the U.S. Department of Agriculture
replaced the protocol for testing on pigs with the non-animal method.
continues to hammer away at other gruesome government-mandated experiments, including
the one for rabies batch potency–testing, which requires injecting
hundreds of mice with the rabies virus—for each batch of rabies vaccine.
The injections go through the animals' skulls and directly into their brains.
Half of the animals receive a protective vaccine, while the others do not. Most
of the unprotected mice die painfully and slowly from convulsions, loss of
muscle control, and eventual suffocation.
are the tests for vaccine potency typically very painful, drawn out, and lethal
for animals, regulators also agree that they are not as effective as modern
methods of testing vaccine strength and safety. Better, more precise tests have
been developed but have not yet been validated for use.
help support RTD's efforts to pressure government agencies to validate
effective, sophisticated alternatives to animal tests by donating today.
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