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Victory! FDA Shuts Down Additional Animal Testing Request

Written by PETA | December 18, 2008
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Jeremy Piven

This is an awesome year for many reasons (have you seen our slideshow?), and a great one has to be today’s victory over cruel animal tests! Today, the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) agreed with PETA and ruled that no further animal testing is needed to declare that a natural plant-based sweetener derived from stevia is safe for use in food and drinks. Why is that so great? Well, before today’s decision, the Center for Science in the Public Interest (CSPI) was pushing for more animal tests on the herbal extract, even though it’s been widely recognized as safe. I mean, stevia has been used safely for more than 400 years! It’s bad enough that it was tested on helpless rats in the first place, but they wanted to test it on even more animals? Come on!

Everyone knows how animals in laboratories suffer, so why would anyone knowingly choose to inflict pain on another creature for the sake of unreliable and cruel animal testing, especially when there are so many cruelty-free alternatives? CSPI tried to say that they needed to test on rats and mice because the rats they used before weren’t good models for the substance’s toxicity in humans. Hang on, what? That’s right, they know that the tests on rats don’t work, but they want to repeat the tests on rats and do even more tests on mice. Anyway, the FDA finally did something right and approved the substance without the additional animal tests. Score!

Unfortunately, there is still animal testing going on, and the CSPI is still pushing for more and longer animal tests. You can help by sending a polite letter to CSPI executive director Michael Jacobson asking him to focus CSPI’s work on safe and effective non-animal testing methods.

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  • DC says:

    Stevia itself is perfectly safe. What is NOT safe are the phony stevia derivatives such as Truvia and PureVia. They are mostly erythritol from GMO corn. Plus they don’t use all the steviosides in the stevia plant. They extract one stevioside – the one that produces sweetness – using ethanol and methanol. To me, that sounds unhealthy. My favourite stevia is Stevita Supreme which extracts ALL the steviosides using water…and water alone. Plus, Truvia is owned by Cargill, and PureVia is owned by Merisant. Cargill and Merisant are among the worst animal abusers in the world.

  • Barry L. says:

    When I found out CSPI was testing on animals, I immediately cancelled my Nutrition Action subscription and “unliked” CSPI’s Facebook page. They are not worth my time.

  • Johnny Pinne says:

    Please inform me what these alternatives are. You never mention them once but I think you just forgot to do it. A lot of people benefitted from this so I’m interested in hearing the ways that we can test WITHOUT animals.

  • Stefi Calkins says:

    I thought of this great idea a long time ago. How about using criminals on death row to use for product testing. Why not let their punishment be the cruel ways that they test on animals….. I think it’s a great idea. Those poor little living animal beings did not do anything wrong to anyone all they want to do is love you and they do NOT deserve that horrific treatment. They deserve to be cherished at all times every last one of them.

  • Anita50882 says:

    Why can’t people understand that mice are not little people? What works for a mouse might not work for a person. What blows my mind is when I stop to think about how many cures for cancer have been stopped in their tracks because they didn’t work on a mouse. They might bave worked on people! They say we’re antiscience but it doesn’t get more antiscience than that!

  • Mike Quinoa says:

    Thanks Carla love your posts too!

  • Mary Seeley says:

    Thank God all of your hard work and perseverance is paying off! God Bless you and ROCK ON!!!!

  • John Fryer says:

    Hi To Anita When did we test on children and mentally disabled? Just curious.

  • Teng says:

    wow great news PETA keep up the good work!

  • kathleen w. says:

    This is great news! Rats mice shouldn’t have to suffer for humans. We must push to stop all animal tests. Thanks Peta for speaking up for these wonderful animals!!

  • Carla says:

    Mike I soooo agree!!! Well with all of your brilliant posts I might add!! This is why my donations go directly through Peta for this purpose to hopefully one day shut down the vivisection industry FOR GOOD!!! There’s nothing more disturbing to me that these so called professionals would be allowed to continue these crimes and be able to call it science… hideous!!!

  • Mike Quinoa says:

    As the many recalls on supposedly safe animaltested drugs have proven tests on animals can’t be reliably extrapolated to humans. Seems like CSPI is in bed with the vivisection industry. Good work PETA!

  • Teresa says:

    Well done PETA

  • Anita50882 says:

    It wasn’t long ago that it was considered ethical to do this kind of testing on children and the mentally disabled. We now look back in shame. One day we will look back at this time in history and hang our heads down for ever having allowed this to continue so long. We are making progress but we have a long way to go. Peace and justice for all beings!

  • lynda downie says:

    Great news. Thank you Peta.

  • David says:

    If they truly are the Center for Science in the Public Interest then why don’t know that testing on animals is bad science? Having problems with the data are we?

  • Carla Ubillus says:

    Peta I love you! you are strong because God is with you making you strong to protect God’s creatures from evil people. I did send a request to Shakira for her to make a donation to your organization. I hope she reads my email. I always tell people about how great you are and the things you do. Always. Thank you!!

  • alyssa celaya says:

    please stop testing on animals. we have technology that has more efficent results. we need to respect our animals and our earth.