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PETA wrote to the Consumers Union on March 9, 2001, asking for its position on animal testing, and the organization has yet to respond to PETA's letter or endorse our statement calling on the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) to increase its funding and use of non-animal test methods.
PETA wrote to the Consumers Union because it endorsed widespread animal testing by signing on to 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 pregnancies 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 polite letters urging the Consumers Union to withdraw its support for animal testing. Click here for points that you can include in your letter.
Send letters to:
Ellen BloomSenior Director of Federal Policy and the Washington OfficeConsumers Union1101 17th St. N.W., Ste. 500Washington, DC 20036 202-462-6262 (phone)202-265-9548 (fax)
Almost all of us grew up eating meat, wearing leather, and going to circuses and zoos. We never considered the impact of these actions on the animals involved. For whatever reason, you are now asking the question: Why should animals have rights? Read more.