EPA promises an end to animal testing

Animal rights activists are rejoicing this week. On Tuesday, the
Environmental Protection
Agency
(EPA)
announced a move
to “aggressively reduce animal testing”
and to stop funding mammal tests by 2035. EPA Administrator Andrew
Wheeler promised to reduce new mammal tests by 30 percent by 2025
and pledged $4.25 million toward developing non-animal alternatives
for testing chemical safety.

“Part of why I’m doing this today is because it’s been 30
years and we haven’t made enough progress,” said Wheeler, who
wrote an anti-animal testing op-ed
for his college paper in 1987.


Related: California becomes the first state to ban animal-tested
cosmetics

However, some people question the federal agency’s motives.
The Natural Resources Defense Council (NRDC) suggested the decision
had more to do with reducing costs for chemical companies required
to do expensive animal tests rather than helping animals.

“Phasing out foundational scientific testing methods can make
it much harder to identify toxic chemicals — and protect human
health,”
said
Jennifer Sass, senior scientist for the NRDC’s Healthy
People and Thriving Communities program. Some scientists worry that
mathematical modeling and other non-animal testing approaches
won’t effectively replicate the human physiological system.

As People for the
Ethical Treatment of Animals
(PETA) pointed out in a tweet,
“PETA worked with the EPA for decades to prevent rabbits, mice,
rats and dogs from having to ingest or inhale toxic chemicals.”
The animal rights group is confident that modern alternative models
will effectively protect humans, animals and the environment.

“PETA will be helping regulatory agencies and companies switch
to efficient and effective, non-animal testing approaches and
working toward a day when all animal tests are only found in
history books,” Amy Clippinger, director of PETA’s Regulatory
Testing Department, said in an EPA press release.

Many people are disturbed by the pain and cruelty of animal
testing, leading to bipartisan efforts to decrease its use. During
Obama’s presidency, the Toxic Substances Control Act was amended,
calling for the EPA to reduce animal testing.

Via EcoWatch

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EPA promises an end to animal testing