Fluffballs are in Session
They hadn’t yet chosen their party affiliations, but groups of adorable animals went ahead with their first order of business this month—ending the use of their species in regulatory testing.
On March 7, PCRM co-hosted the “Federal Fluffballs” briefing on Capitol Hill with Representative Jim Moran (D-VA). Rep. Moran recently introduced a landmark bill to end animal testing in the cosmetics industry.
The guests of honor were guinea pigs Tom, Jerry, and Lotus; rabbits Willow, Cleo, and Electra; rats Snow and Angel; and mice Blossom and Mike. These species are the most commonly used in regulatory testing.
The event featured a panel of expert speakers on public health and animal behavior. Martin Wasserman, M.D., J.D., former State Health Secretary for both Maryland and Oregon, stressed that moving away from animal testing is the only way to get accurate information on chemicals.
Animal behavior expert Jonathan Balcombe, Ph.D., described common behaviors of rodents in the wild and in laboratories. “They’re remarkably resourceful,” he said. “They’re also highly social.”
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