The Environmental Protection Agency dropped a plan that would have required manufacturers of chemicals produced in high volumes to conduct animal tests after PETA submitted written and verbal comments criticizing the proposal. PETA demonstrated that existing data and non-animal methods could fill the data gaps that the EPA had identified in the program. The EPA is also planning to withdraw another requirement to test 22 chemicals that are no longer produced in high volumes. PETA had also opposed this proposal because it would not have given the public the opportunity to review the testing requirements and comment on them. The withdrawal of both these proposals means that 8,000 animals will not be poisoned and killed!