March 6, 2016
The Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) has announced plans to stop requiring that animals be used in tests that subject them to painful irritation and death caused by toxic chemicals absorbed through the skin. The EPA is exploring ways to change its pesticide testing and classification system to align with those of other countries so that pesticide companies using non-animal tests in one country won’t have to perform animal tests in another. This announcement is the result of a partnership among PETA’s scientists, the EPA, industry representatives, and other stakeholders. PETA will continue to work with the agency to replace all animal tests with humane non-animal approaches.