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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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  • Georgina Doran says:

    Why not use murderers and child abusers to experiment on rather than innocent animals? Always seemed an obvious choice to me! At least they would be contributing to society rather than costing tax payers millions!

  • Merry Elliott says:

    Kudos to PETA. The use of animals in medical reserch is outdated and unrealiable! How many drugs that were tested on rats and supposably found “Safe” ended up being harmful if not deadly to humans?!?

  • Rina van Coller says:

    I’m absolutely horified at all the pain animal labs have to endure in the name of science. For heavens sake! I’m a pet rat mice lover and I absolutely ADORE these amazing animals. They are the most lovable pets you can ever imagine to have. Thanks PETA for saving these wonderful critters so much pain!

  • Kendra Thompson says:

    Woot! I’m so happy now lets keep up the work! Keep them safe and free!!! I really can’t stand people that hurt animals!!!

  • Julie says:

    This is so wonderful!!! No matter how small each life is precious! Can we get some attention on the young children hunting and killing alligators and being featured on CNN as some kind of hero??? The lastest one is 5 years old. UNBELIEVABLE!!! I am so disgusted.

  • Sandra says:

    How sad for these gentle loving creatures. They are intelligent and love human interaction and loving attention.

  • karin keaton says:

    “I HOLD THAT THE MORE HELPLESS A CREATURE THE MORE ENTITLED IT IS TO PROTECTION BY MAN FROM THE CRUELY OF MAN.”

  • barbara Press says:

    Some good news for a change. Thank you for all your hard work.

  • Donna R says:

    Annie Le the murdered victim I also thought of all the little animals that she did experiments on. Why does no one mention this. I am sorry she was murdered but remember all the animals that died at her hand. Yale needs to be accountable for all their animal testing! PETA needs to address this and bring them out in the open. I notice how the Police and the newsmedia has kept it so quiet. Well We KNOW!!!what was going on there. What do u think she was carrying into the lab under a blanket of watchful camera eyes?????

  • Pam says:

    Congratulations to everyone who loves and supports PETA’s cause. We have no right to cause pain and suffering to innocent defenseless animals. I am so happy to hear this news. Thank you PETA you are god’s finest gift to the world.

  • Rachel Fischoff says:

    I read the news my heart burst with warmth my eyes teared. It is a grand victory! Thank you to all who made it happen. We know you worked hard and that it was difficult to accomplish. Your fan Rachel Fischoff President Wildlife Rehab Alliance

  • Paulina says:

    That’s a great step!

  • Patricia Masuda says:

    I am ecstatic over such significant progress! Thank you to PETA PCRM and any and all organizations working so perseveringly on ending so much inhumane suffering of animals of all species. And yes to the earlier comment I also pray for an end to the China fur market as well as the horrific dog and cat meat trade in Korea. In the meantime bless all who have worked so hard!

  • Hess says:

    Every form of live is god created or if you prefer is part of life’s organique function it has every right for justice and respect. We have no right over any form of life its about time for our consciousness to realise that we are the keeper of nature and its inhabitants We should start acting as grown up and not spoilled brates. Spoilling and destroying every thing that come crossing our path.We are responsible for all our actions and an action of violence is an act with no excuses today one has to be a real fool not to be aware and informed in the fact that the immune system or the genetic function of any animal has nothing to do with the human function in any way. One would have thought it to be common sense but how ever today its a scientific fact

  • Holly says:

    That’s great!!!!

  • marie p says:

    That is such great news! These animals do not deserve to be a part of any testing. What right do people have over them they can’t speak for themselves. I love mice and rats they are very friendly and lovely

  • Denise says:

    Finally! It’s high time someone shows compassion for animals no matter how small they are. They and we were all created by the same Intelligence. Let’s hope that more “well educated” people will follow in these steps and show compassion

  • Lisett says:

    DON’T EXPERIMENT WITH ANIMAL! THEY HAVE ANOTHER METHABOLISM ANOTHER DNA WE ARE JUST MAKING THEM SUFFER STOP THAT PLEASE! WE DONATE MONEY TO FIND THE CURE SO STOP WASTING TIME WITH ANIMALS AND FREE THEM!

  • lisett says:

    I UNDERSTAND THAT WE NEED TO FIND THE CURE OF A LOT OF DESEASES ETC BUT ANIMALS ARE NOT THE BEST OPTION BECAUSE THEIR BODYS’ FUCTION IS COMPLETELY DIFFERENT TO OURS SO SCIENTIS ARE ONLY MAKING THOSE ANIMALS SUFFER AND WASTING MONEY THEY SHOULD FIND ANOTHER WAY TO EXPERIMENT!

  • Ruchi gupta says:

    Such great news. Have tears in my eyes.

  • h. driessen says:

    Animals need our respect and love so they are independed on us. Not to abuse and torture them!

  • Manoj Wehalla says:

    Thaks Ingrid Newkirk Alex Pacheco and all the members of PeTA. The whole team is doing Mother Teresa’s job for animals. long live all of you. triple gem bless always.

  • rockerinred says:

    that rocks man gotta love animals i for one have joinded a group against dog fighting

  • Michele says:

    You guys are freaking awesome. Keep going!

  • Chew says:

    so there are still got people in this world care about animals instead of themselves. Thanks to PETA you’ve done a great job bless ya.

  • Kalama Halamezad says:

    Sorry previous post was direct Mrs. Booth not Hannah

  • pomomarx says:

    Jackie your demonizing of individuals is misguided. Annie Le had a job and now someone else will perform that job. Fight the organization and the industry. Don’t cheer some woman’s death as if it’s great news for animals.

  • Rachel says:

    Jori Rodriguez It’s not 1 rat it’s billions and it’s not just their deaths that are the problem but also the IMMENSE physical and emotional agony they go through their entire miserable lives. Not to mention the fact that nearly all animal experiements are useless and outdated. The data from most experiments even states this in the results that since humans and rodents are so different biologically the results from the tests can’t be applied to humans. Therefore they do not actually “save” any human lives like you think.

  • Courtney says:

    i’m totally against the use of animals for running tests. We are animals as well…the human species. I believe that if you won’t use one race of animals they you shouldnt use any others. ITS NOT RIGHT! Animals have the right its hard enough for them to survive in the wilderness let alone them having to try and survive the massive tortures scientists and researchers put them through every day.

  • Mrs. Booth says:

    wow wat a loser yall are to be using poor little animals. when you can make a fake dummy and us it for the test have you ever thought of that maybe not!! so i hope you will read some of the stuff people put on her because they care about animals!!

  • Hannah Holt says:

    4.5 Million! Jeez! Although animal testing is incredibly wrong and disturbing this is a milestone! This is only the beginning to what could be the end of toxicity testing!

  • Kalama Halamezad says:

    Wow… I knew it was only a matter of time before someone would bring Annie Le into an animal rights discussion. Portraying a heartless and pointless murder as a positive thing is truly disgusting. Anyone that feels this way is far sicker than scientists who at least have the betterment of humanity in mind. Ironic that the point is made that the murderer’s working in a lab where animals were abused contributed to the mindset that allowed him to kill when in your zealousness you’ve actually attempted to justify it. Sad….

  • therese says:

    thats great i am really pleased after hearing this news that’s what we are living for to reach our goals and this is one of ours goals thx alot peta for ur effort and i hope all animals live in peace and human leave them alone

  • Ewa Marais says:

    Thanks PETA Well Done !

  • Jori Rodriguez says:

    WOW we need animal testing! if 1 rat could save millions and billions of live then would you save the rats life or yours? and dnt say that ats cuz then ur lieing!

  • Alexis says:

    im only 12 and after all the viedos that i have seen over child abuse it makes me sick which is why im going to write a letter to obama because my aunt knows where to send it and my uncle is a lawyer who can help me write it. im it peta and want to stop NOW!!! Alexis

  • Ashley says:

    OMG! This is fantastic news. Obviously all industries that exploit animals are terrible but in my option Vivisection is the worst of them all. Thank you PETA for saving millions of aniamls from a life time of fear pain and loneliness.

  • Line Horneland says:

    Good work PETA!

  • brooke says:

    it’s great to find so many people who care about animals and don’t just think there something u shoot cook and slab it on ur plate 2 eat.

  • JuanMa says:

    Great! is a breakthrough I hope you also can do something with animals suffering in China with the fur market

  • Tammy says:

    Fantastic! Hopefully one day soon all animals will never have to experience this torture ever again. Thanks PETA for all your hard work!

  • susan burgoyne says:

    i think hell is 2 gud 4 ppl that do tests on animals they shud b burnt alive and c ow they like the pain that the poor animals go thro

  • Amy says:

    Now if we can help stop animal’s being used at Dalhousie University in Halifax Nova Scotia. httpwww.facebook.comhome.php?reflogogroup.php?gid3481335439refts

  • Jackie says:

    Even more now that Annie Le is dead. I’m sorry but she made hundreds if not thousands of rats suffer. While the media is talking about how she’s a victim PETA should be focusing on her victims. As well as the other animals suffering at the Yale hospital. I can’t believe I’m the only one who when they heard she tested on animals thought of the animals that were saved before how tragic her death was. Also how about the concept that the person who allegedly murdered her worked for years in a facility where they torture animals. We all know that animal abuse soon leads to human abuse or murder.

  • Bluebell says:

    This is fantastic news. Thanks to Peta and the other organisations involved millions of animals will be spared the horrific experiments conducted in laboratories.

  • Brien Comerford says:

    Humans have no right to exploit or harm any innocent animal. We are not God. Animals are our fellow creatures.

  • Edward says:

    I TYPE IN CAPS TO SHOW MY EXCITEMENT EVEN THOUGH IT ANNOYS PEOPLE!!!

  • JK says:

    Three cheers? Four and a half million cheers!

  • Aneliese says:

    Wow4.5 million! Incredible.

  • anna says:

    ITS WRONG TO USE ANIMALS THEY NEED LOVE TLC!!I HOPE ONE DAY WE PUT ALL THE ANIMAL USERS AND ABUSERS WERE THEY BELONG!! IN HELL!!!!!

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