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PETA Europe Helps Lab Save Thousands of Rabbits

Written by PETA | December 22, 2008
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Our awesome friends over at PETA Europe have some exciting news! With their help and funding, new skin irritation tests that do not use animals have been successfully validated to replace the use of rabbits completely! This will save thousands of rabbits.

This wonderful news means that animals will not be used in the overwhelming majority of such tests in the future in Europe. The MatTek Corporation announced yesterday that the European Centre for the Validation of Alternative Methods’ Scientific Advisory Committee (ESAC) has formally endorsed the scientific validity of the company’s Modified EpiDerm Skin Irritation Test as well as L’Oreal’s SkinEthic test. I know those are an awful lot of big, impressive words, but it basically means that the big men and women on campus are totally down with these new processes, which do not involve animal testing.

This will allow manufacturers worldwide to use these exciting new non-animal methods. It will also help manufacturers test cosmetic ingredients humanely, which is especially important because animal testing for skin irritation and most other purposes will be banned in Europe as of March 2009. Tens of thousands of rabbits have been used for skin irritation tests each year in the past, but we say, “No more!”

The validation of these tests is an important step in adopting cruelty-free scientific methods that are effective and humane, and PETA Europe should be so proud to have played a part in that. You can read more about this whole situation here.

On another totally not surprising—but totally awful—note, the U.S. still does not accept these tests. We are, of course, writing the new Secretary of Health and Human Services, Tom Daschle, to tell him to get the U.S. to stop stalling!

Written by Christine Doré

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  • Martyna says:

    so happy im from Europe

  • Anna says:

    God bless PETA! Justice and humanity prevail!! Hopefully the US will get their act together and ban this dispicable act. L”Oreal and its affiliates make me sick!!

  • Judith Howard says:

    Hooray!! Thank you PETA. I have been on the bandwagon on this topic for a long time writing to companies that animal test encouraging them to use alternative methods and encouraging other people to purchase cruelty free products. Those actions didn’t make much of a wave. Now with this great news it is a real victory for animals in labs.

  • amy says:

    I think testing on animals is cruel.because it is making the animals suser and how do you know if it is going to afect us because us and animals are diffrent so stop testing on animals please!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! please do i four invirement and keep testing on animals and all of them will be extinked

  • carolyn says:

    AMAZING!!!!!!!! WHAT A LANDMARK VICTORY. IT IS SO GOOD TO SEE THE WORLD CHANGING FOR THE BETTER IN SOME AREAS WHEN SO MANY ATROCITIES CONTINUE TO GO ON. THIS IS ONE LESS ATROCITY SAVINGS THOUSANDS OF HELPLESS ANIMALS THAT DESERVE TO LIVE THEIR LIVES FREE OF PAIN AND NEEDLESS SUFFERING. YOU GO PETA EUROPE!!!!

  • Kelley says:

    It is wonderful news but it is a shame that the government here puts such a low priority on these issues. We are falling so far behind Europe.

  • Philip Loos says:

    Does this mean L’Oreal will stop animal testing? D D D AWESOME PETA!!!!!!!!!!

  • Anne Torres says:

    YAY PETA Europe!!!!! Way to go getting the new NON rabbit tests validated!!!! This is really big and of global concern. Please accept my thanks for leading the way which I pray the U.S. will follow. Godbless and thanks from another bunhugger!

  • lynda downie says:

    This is incredible news. Thank you Peta Europe! And of course our homies Peta USA great letter to Tom Daschle.

  • Sydney says:

    I can’t believe what I’m reading. This is too good to be true! Thanks and congratulations to PETA!

  • Maureen says:

    With so much terrible suffering endured by animals worldwide it really is encouraging to get this important victory!

  • ava sheridan says:

    WowI am so happy I could cry!. God Bless PETA! Made my xmas! XXX

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