Written by PETA
may be what you're used to thinking of as an anti-viv poster:
nowadays, you're just as likely to see this as an anti-viv poster:
because PETA has a squadron of scientists
who meet with government regulators, serve on expert working groups, put
pressure on international corporations, publish in scientific journals, and make
presentations at international scientific conferences like the one that took
place in August in Montréal.
World Congress on
Alternatives and Animal Use in the Life Sciences
is the premier international conference on alternatives to animal
testing. (Yes, we know that the "and"
in the title should be "to" and have mentioned that to the organizers.) Even
though animal experimenters attend the conference and peddle their wares and displays
touting cruel experiments like force-feeding animals Jerusalem artichokes
(seriously), there is also a lot of excellent information presented on
non-animal testing methods and strategies.
PETA scientists presented displays and gave talks at last week's conference
about ways to avoid using animals in endocrine testing,
and other tests. Our
presentation on vaccine
evidenced how PETA has succeeded in using a variety of pressure points to save
thousands of animals from being used in cruel vaccine testing, including convincing
the U.S. government to replace the use of pigs in painful erysipelas vaccine tests. Another
PETA scientist addressed attendees regarding new non-animal technologies that
can replace the use of mice in antibody production work.
With close to 1,000 participants from more than 50 countries at the
conference, PETA's scientists were encouraged to note how many companies and
laboratories represented at the Congress are actively working on technology and
testing methods that can reduce or replace the use of animals. Not only are
these methods 100 percent humane, they are also less expensive, more effective,
and faster than animal tests.
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