Following five months of discussions and campaign tactics—ranging
from having a man in a bunny suit trail former U.S. Vice President Al Gore to public
criticism from Sir Paul McCartney, Bill Maher, and Alec Baldwin—PETA and other
animal protection organizations reached an agreement in October 1999 with the
Clinton Administration that saved the lives of up to 800,000 animals. In
addition, the agreement added animal protection measures to the Environmental
Protection Agency's (EPA) High Production Volume (HPV) chemical-testing program,
which was fast-tracked by Mr. Gore. The HPV program originally called for the testing
of 2,800 widely produced industrial chemicals.
The agreement greatly reduced the number of animals used—original estimates indicated
that up to 1.3 million animals of various species would be poisoned and killed—and
set a precedent in the government's incorporation of non-animal methods into
testing requirements. The following are some key points of the 1999 agreement:
a result of the agreement, PETA called off its national grassroots campaign
against Mr. Gore for his role in fast-tracking the HPV program.
here to read the EPA's letter to HPV program participants outlining the
here to read more about the HPV chemical-testing program.
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.