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Report Card Grades: U.S. Public Interest Research Group

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PETA wrote to the U.S. Public Interest Research Group (U.S. PIRG) to determine its position on the use of animals in chemical poisoning tests and to solicit its endorsement of a statement calling on the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) to increase its funding and use of non-animal test methods.

The U.S. PIRG has also supported the extensive use of animal testing, including signing onto a joint letter calling for the use of nonvalidated animal test methods such as the EPA’s developmental neurotoxicity test (DNT). The DNT, which kills between 1,200 and 2,500 animals every time it is performed, involves poisoning rats with toxic chemicals throughout their pregnancy and while they nurse their newborn pups. The pups are then subjected to a series of behavioral tests, after which they are killed and their brains are examined. Shockingly, EPA officials have publicly admitted that the rat is not “the right model” for humans and that they do not even know how to interpret the results of the DNT. Click here to download PETA’s DNT factsheet.

What You Can Do
Please send a polite letter urging the U.S. PIRG to withdraw its support for animal testing. Click here for points that you can include in your letter.

Send letters to:

Andre Delattre, Executive Director
U.S. Public Interest Research Group
218 D Street SE, 1st Fl.
Washington, DC 20003-1900
202-546-2461 (fax)
andre@pirg.org

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