PETA Europe Funding Helps Save Animals From Skin Testing

January 2008

In November, the E.U.’s Centre for the Validation of Alternative Methods announced the validation of MatTek’s EpiDerm reconstructed skin model as a full replacement for rabbits in skin-irritation tests of chemicals and drugs. A donation from PETA Europe to the Institute for In Vitro Sciences in Maryland had allowed scientists at the facility to work on the validation process and provide data needed for approval of the method. EpiDerm joins two other methods that have been approved as alternatives to replace the use of rabbits in skin-irritation tests throughout the E.U.

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 Ingrid E. Newkirk

“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

— Ingrid E. Newkirk, PETA President and co-author of Animalkind