February 25, 1999
The Honorable Albert Gore, Jr.
Vice President of the United States
The White House
Washington, DC 20502
1 page via fax: 202-456-7044
Dear Vice President Gore,
On behalf of People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals, I
appeal to you to save the lives of the countless animals who will be
tortured and killed in the high production volume (HPV) chemical-testing
When you "fast-tracked" the HPV program last fall, perhaps
you did not realize how fundamentally flawed it isboth in terms of
science and common sense. With all due respect, do you really need to
kill rabbits, ducks, fish, and guinea pigs to make sure turpentine and
rat poison are unsafe?
Force-feeding toxins to animals and rubbing corrosive
chemicals into their open wounds will not protect the publics safety.
Furthermore, publically available data, including human exposure
information, have made it clear for years tha many of the HPV-targeted
chemicals are extremely dangerous. So dangerous, in fact, that they
willc ause excruciatingly painful deaths for the animals used in the
Such suffering and loss of life are especially appalling
because such tests that do not use animals exist. These nonanimal
alternatives are not only humane, they are faster, less expensive, and
often better at predicting a chemicals actual hazard potential.
Meanwhile, tests using animals can actually clear a chemical already
known to be dangerous.
Fortunately, there is still time (albeit very little) to
delay the HPV chemical-testing program, allowing for a proper review of
all existing data and for the incorporation of nonanimal testing
An official at the Environmental Protection Agency was
recently quoted as saying, "Its a good time to be a lab owner and a bad
time to be a lab rat."
Mr. Gore, compassionate people everywhere are waiting for you to prove him wrong.
With kind regards,
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