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Victory! 4.5 Million Animals to Be Spared From Toxicity Tests

Written by PETA | September 17, 2009
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The agency that oversees the largest animal testing program of all time has just announced new guidelines that mean that the number of animals who could fall victim to toxicity testing during the course of the program has dropped—by 4.5 million!

This news from the European Chemicals Agency (ECHA) comes in response to a detailed letter PETA initiated in cooperation with other animal protection groups. That letter was written after we learned from a chemical manufacturer that under the E.U.’s new Registration, Evaluation, Authorisation and Restriction of Chemical Substances (REACH) Regulation, a number of duplicative tests were going to be conducted.

PETA, along with PETA Europe, the European Coalition to End Animal Experiments, Eurogroup for Animals, HSI Europe, and the Physicians Committee for Responsible Medicine, voiced concerns about the likelihood that companies would conduct duplicative animal tests for some types of toxicity when registering their chemicals under REACH. The letter explained how the redundant testing could be avoided.

ECHA was quick to issue a news release and a factsheet instructing chemical companies not to conduct initial toxicity screenings if they are planning to conduct more comprehensive tests during the later stages of REACH. Based on ECHA’s own figures, 6,000 chemicals may fall under the relevant information requirements, and because up to 735 animals may be used for the initial toxicity screening for each chemical tested, ECHA’s response has the potential to save the lives of 4.5 million animals.

There’s still much work to be done, as REACH will still cause massive animal suffering. But you can bet your (vegan) boots that our next step will be to do everything possible to make sure that companies follow ECHA’s new guidelines so that as many animals as possible will be spared.

Written by Shawna Flavell

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  • indycar01 says:

    dearest kelly archer you make as much sense as the animal researchers no lie can live forver! saying there people cured polio fact is. “work on prevention of polio was LONG DELAYED by an erroneous conception of the nature of the human disease based on MISLEADING experimental models of the disease in monkeys” albert sabin m.d. during a 1984 house subcommittee. also visit mrmcmed.org ps “animal studies are done for LEGAL REASONS and not for scientific reasons. the predictive value of such studies for man is MEANINGLESS” 1964 james gallagher medical director of lederle laboratories uk.

  • rodyka says:

    congratulations!!!!!!!!!!!and I expect you to do more than thatthe earthlings need more protections.thank youuuuuuuu

  • becca says:

    i think animal testing is wrong in so many ways for 1. if something works on rats and mice that doesn’t mean it will work on humans. so thank you PETA for helping save the rats

  • Karla says:

    4.5 M..Is wonderful to save them all!!

  • Greta says:

    Finally good news! I’m so happy to read this.

  • tiziana says:

    Fantastic! Go PETA! Tiziana Italia

  • SUZIE TUCKER says:

    THANK GOD FOR PETA KEEP UP THE GREAT WORK. YOU KIND PEOPLE ALL YOU DO FOR THE ANIMALS. SUZIE TUCKER AUSTRALIA.XXX

  • Rafaela says:

    Great news! I wish we can all learn with PETAs achievement and do our best on the fight for animal rights! RafaelaBrazil

  • Alex says:

    Well done! God bless you.

  • giovanna says:

    Well! I’m happy Giovanna Italia

  • Ronnie says:

    Thats amazing! D I seriously want to cry

  • Katarzyna says:

    straszne

  • kim chaudoir says:

    whooo HOOOOOOOOOOOo!! O

  • vincenzo says:

    Eventually more and more people have realized the importance of alternative tests do not use more animals Thanks PETA Vincenzo Italia

  • Kylie H says:

    Hoorayyyyy!!!!! D

  • Rocco says:

    Im against animal testing. They should use people on death row in prison instead.

  • Mercedes says:

    First WAY TO GO PETA!!!!! Thank God for you!!! There is NO REASON for animal testing to be done in this dayinage!!!!!! And second to the ignorant person who made a comment above called “Alexis” WE DO NOT NEED ANIMAL TESTING!!! DUH!! THERE ARE OTHER WAYS TO TEST PRODUCTS THAN ON POOR INNOCENT ANIMALS!! THEY DO NOT HAVE A VOICE HUMANS DO. GET A CLUE ALEXIS!!!!!!!!

  • kim says:

    hawdo i adopt a peet

  • kelly acher says:

    Hope none of you get swine flu as deadly as the disease is where do you think the H1N1 vaccine came from?

  • Barbara says:

    Finally! Some good news! I’m sure this is the tip of the proverbial iceberg but still a major victory. Kudos PETA!

  • Barbara says:

    u s e CRIMINALS IN OUR JAILS. USRE CRIMINALS THE CHILD ABUSERS MURDERS RAPIST THIEVES IN YOUR LABS. THEY HAVE GIVEN UP THEIR RIGHTS ONCE THEY’VE VIOLATED OUR LAWS. ALL THEY GET IS A SPANKING! MAYBE JUST MAYBE THEY WILL THINK BEFORE ACTING OUT A VIOLENT ACT. SO MUCH OF OUR TAX DOLLARS $$ IS SPENT ON KEEPING CRIMINALS WARM CLEAN SAFE WELL FEED ENTERTAINED ETC. WHATS WRONG WITH THIS PICTURE??? WAKE UP TAX PAYING CITIZENS USE THE SO CALLED CRIMINALS AND NOT OUR LOVING ANIMALS. ANIMALS ARE GODS CREATURES THAT HAVE DONE ABSOLUTELY NOTHING WRONG BUT GIVE US LOVE. YOU CAN’T EVEN TURN ON THE T.V. WITHOUT SEEING ANIMALS ENTERTAINING LOVING AND PUTTING SMILES ON OUR FACES. WE USE ANIMALS AS SERVE TO THE BLIND DEAF ETC. MICE IN WALT DISNEY. KEEP SMILING. SO I REPEAT USE THE CRIMINALS IN OUR JAILS THEN THEY’LL THINK TWICE BEFORE COMMITING THE CRIME. WHO KNOWS THESE CRIMINALS MAY ATTACKING YOUR CHILDREN AND LOVED ONES SO LETS STOP THE ACT NOW AND NOT BABYING THE OFFENDERS BY PROTECTING THEM AND FLUFFING UP THEIR FEATHER PILLOWS. WAKE UP EVERYONE! WHO’S LAUGHING AT WHO!

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