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Major Science Fair Encourages Non-Animal Methods

May 2010

After years of negotiations with the Society for Science and the Public (SSP)—which organizes and oversees the world’s largest science fair—PETA persuaded SSP to adopt much stronger language in its requirements encouraging the use of non-animal research methods. SSP’s new statement reads, in part, “SSP strongly endorses the use of non-animal research methods and encourages students to use alternatives to animal research.” In past years, SSP has allowed the use of up to 30,000 animals in its annual science fairs, including for invasive, painful, and deadly experiments.