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Non-Animal Testing Methods Rewarded

Written by PETA | February 9, 2009

Back in December, we announced the winners of our annual “Proggy” awards, which recognize animal-friendly people, companies, and products. One of those companies is CeeTox, a Michigan firm that develops humane alternatives to cruel and archaic animal tests. Well, the good folks at the Kalamazoo Gazette just did a nice story about CeeTox and the award. Check it out here.

What CeeTox does is so great because many chemical-testing methods still involve pumping substances into animals’ stomachs and lungs and dripping chemicals into animals’ eyes or onto their raw, shaved skin. CeeTox, by contrast, uses in-vitro (test tube) toxicity screening to test drugs, chemicals, cosmetics, and consumer products. This enables research and development organizations to assess the toxicity of chemicals using pioneering and humane cell-based technology.

Besides being kind to animals, these modern, non-animal tests are cheaper, faster, and more accurate. What’s not to like? Well, unfortunately, the wheels of progress grind slowly at the EPA, which lags far behind European authorities in validating modern test methods. But thanks to the work of CeeTox and other companies like it, it’s becoming obvious that animal testing is long overdue for the old heave-ho.

Written by Alisa Mullins

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  • lynda downie says:

    Thanks CeeTox! And Peta for recognizing them! I hope other companies follow Cee Tox’s lead and the FDA approves in vitro testing.

  • carolyn says:

    Thank you CeeTox for protecting both humans and animals! Animals should not be purposively hurt when we humans are creative enough to find other ways and CeeTox your creativity is honorable! THANK YOU!