USDA Guidance Includes PETA’s Recommendations on Anesthesics for Animals in Experiments

June 2012

In response to the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s (USDA) call for comments on the use of pain-relieving drugs for animals used in testing, PETA submitted scientific recommendations to lessen the suffering of animals during painful tests. In cases where modern, non-animal tests have not been developed for the testing of veterinary vaccines, animals can be subjected to painful, lethal experiments. The development of rabies vaccines, for example, requires the injection of the rabies virus directly into the brains of mice. In its final guidance, the USDA agreed with many of PETA’s recommendations, including that drug manufacturers be trained in best practices for reducing the suffering of animals in cases where non-animal replacements have not yet been developed for veterinary vaccine tests.

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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