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PCRM Files New Petition with the EPA Against Cruel Animal Tests

caged quails
Japanese quail, one of many types of
animals slated for EPA testing.

In January, PCRM petitioned the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) to limit the scope of an ill-conceived and far-reaching plan that, if implemented, will needlessly poison and kill millions of animals.

The EPA’s “Endocrine Disrupter Screening Program” grew out of Congress’s concern about the effect of chemicals on human growth and development. In 1996, Congress passed a law requiring the EPA to develop a screening program within three years to assess how certain chemicals affect humans. Unfortunately, the EPA has gotten sidetracked. Rather than initiate a program that would actually protect human health, the agency is planning to test these chemicals on birds, frogs, fish, and other animals, all inaccurate predictors of human toxicity.

While the EPA is developing a slate of new animal experiments to use for its screening program, chemical manufacturers are allowed to continue marketing substances that may make people sick. PCRM’s petition would compel the EPA to meet its Congressional mandate—and deadline—and begin studying how these chemicals affect humans, not animals.

For more information about PCRM’s petition, please contact attorney Dan Kinburn at 202-686-2210, ext. 308, or dkinburn@pcrm.org.

Some good news

PCRM’s research advocacy department spends much of its time negotiating with chemical companies and the EPA to reduce or eliminate the use of animals in toxicity testing. Often these chemicals are known toxins, but the companies proposing the tests have overlooked existing data. Other times the companies or the government propose tests that could be done without using animals.

Research analysts Kristie Stoick, M.P.H, and Megha Even, M.S., and toxicology and research director Chad Sandusky, Ph.D., comb through the test plans, making recommendations on ways to reduce animal use. Thanks to their efforts, two different coalitions of chemical companies, the Aromatic Sulfonic Acids Association, and the BPD/BPA Coalition, recently announced that they will drop plans to force-feed three types of corrosive acids to more than 2,000 animals.



 

PCRM Online, February 2005

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