One of the challenges that PETA faces in
its campaign to end animal testing is that many of these tests have become
entrenched in international testing guidelines, most notably those of the Organisation for Economic Co-operation
and Development (OECD).
The OECD—an economic alliance of 34 member
countries, including the U.S., Canada, Australia, Japan, and the European Union—works
to promote international consistency in many areas, including the testing,
labeling, and regulation of chemicals.
One of the OECD's main activities in this
regard is the development of guidelines for the screening and testing of
chemicals' effects on human health and the environment. Nearly 100 OECD test
guidelines are currently "on the books," of which nearly half are
With the goal of promoting greater
international acceptance of non-animal test methods, PETA sought to gain entry
into high-level OECD meetings. To do so, PETA spearheaded the formation of an
official nongovernmental organization called the "International Council on Animal
Protection in OECD Programmes" (ICAPO).
ICAPO was formally admitted to the OECD in
2002 as an "invited expert" and the voice of the international animal
protection community. Since that time, ICAPO has submitted detailed comments on
dozens of proposals for new test guidelines, draft reports, and other technical
documents. As a founding member of ICAPO, PETA sends its scientific experts to
precedent-setting international meetings and conferences, allowing us to
advocate more effectively for good science and the development and use of
non-animal test methods. Our accomplishments to date include the following:
These accomplishments have significant
global implications and will spare potentially millions of animals from
suffering and dying in chemical-poisoning studies.
Click here for a list
of internationally accepted non-animal methods used in regulatory testing.
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.