Stop Using Animals in Chemical Testing

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Target: Senator David Vitter, R-LA

Goal: Reduce the number of animals used in chemical testing.

Legislation is being introduced in the Senate to overhaul U.S. chemical regulations. If passed, it would reduce the number of animals used in chemical testing and strengthen safety measures.

The bill is known as the Frank. R. Lautenberg Chemical Safety for the 21st Century Act (S.687) and contains language that would promote a strategy to move away from animal testing and instead use cell-based and molecular approaches to testing. Not only are these methods quicker than testing on animals, they will also better protect the public and environment from toxic chemicals.

Senators David Vitter (R-LA) and Tom Udall (D-N.M.) have been working on this legislation for years in the hopes of reforming U.S. chemical safety laws. The old law still allows many companies to not reveal what is in their products, nor does it prohibit companies from using chemicals in their products without proving that they are safe. Every day, animals are being tested on for these products with bad science and the public is being exposed to them.

The new law would not only allow the Environmental Protection Agency more power to review the health and safety of chemicals being used, but it would also require safety testing for new chemicals. This bill will also require them to meet tougher standards so that they don’t potentially cause harm to vulnerable populations such as children or pregnant women.

We need to protect the public and show empathy for animals suffering in laboratory experiments. By updating the chemical regulations, we can better protect humans and the environment. Please sign the petition below to support S. 697 to help keep both people and animals safe in the future.

PETITION LETTER:

Dear Senator Vitter,

I am writing to you to voice my support for reforming our nation’s chemical safety laws in order to protect the public and reduce the number of animals being tested with harsh chemicals.

Thanks to the hard work of you and Senator Tom Udall (D-N.M.), the bill known as S.697 has been introduced to the Senate and will hopefully gain enough support to pass.  This bipartisan bill would protect the public from dangerous chemicals and reduce the number of animals being tested on in chemical laboratories. In addition, it would reform the nation’s most important chemical safety law that is currently 39 years old and very outdated.

By using molecular and cell-based approaches to chemical testing, we can minimize the suffering of animals and protect Americans from dangerous chemicals. Currently, the laws in place do not use methods that are cheaper and easier on animals, nor do they properly protect children and pregnant women who may be vulnerable to harsh chemicals.

I hope one day that we can move away from animal testing completely, but for now, this bill will greatly help both animals and people. Please continue to support this bill that will better protect us all from dangerous chemicals.

Sincerely,

[Your Name Here]

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14 Comments

  1. Kathy Williams says:

    I’m sorry, but “[reducing] the number of animals being tested” is not the answer; banning the use of animals is. After all, researchers and megacorporations have had decades to implement the Three Rs of Research. Now, thanks to genetic modification, instead of reducing the number of animals used, researchers are subjecting an ever increasing amount of animals to captive breeding, unnecessary torture and premature death.

    Millions are not even covered under the – albeit weak – ‘protection’ of the AWA. If the federal government would: 1. Include ALL species in APHIS inspections 2. Aggressively oversee that ALL laboratories are diligently working toward replacement/reduction/refinement – in addition to requiring a researcher’s plausible explanation as to why a particular test must, in fact, use a live model and 3. Insist that a certain portion of our tax funded grant money be used to find alternatives, we could actually put an end to at least this type of massive exploitation.

    • That’s exactly what I was thinking while reading the petition. NO animals should be living their lives in laboratories, being tested by humans who lack a conscience.

    • Ryan Harriss says:

      Couldn’t agree more. It’s beyond doubt a profiteering racquet that must be stopped second only to nazi experimentation during ww2. Sadly we’ve learned nothing…

    • Exactly. There is both NO justification for any of this, nor any truly scientific rationale. It’s all been totally BOGUS ever since Rene´Descarte’s hellish theory that animals are mere “machines,” like clocks. Screw everyone who chooses to remain so abysmally ignorant in this day and age.

  2. Bina Pannell says:

    Just chemical testing???

    Scientists have proven time and time again that testing on animals for whatever purpose does not work. So once again we come down to – why won’t governments listen??? Oh I know, money, bribery, donations to campaign funds. And this isn’t just the US!!
    The UK government today has announced it has endorsed the building of an extension to a beagle farm so they can breed more animals for labs.

    • Exactly, Bina! It’s ALL utter hogwash and UNscientific at its root!!!! The public needs to get re-educated about why it “does not work,” and never actually did!!!!!

  3. Lisbeth Alvarado Sanchez says:

    Any type of animal testing must be banned once and for all. Nothing can justify subjecting an innocent animal to any kind of experimentation, this is simply inhumane and barbaric.

  4. Sheila Blackwell says:

    Reducing the number of ANIMALS used in chemical testing is not the answer. Any cruelty towards animals is not acceptable. It is sad we still find innocent animals as scape goats for our well being. Do the right thing and say NO TO ANIMAL TESTING.

  5. “So many people insist they are against animal abuse, cruelty, suffering and the inhumane treatment of animals, yet they don’t understand they are actively engaging in and supporting egregious suffering, abuse, cruelty and inhumane treatment when they eat animals and their ‘by-products.’ If you are against cruelty, suffering and inhumane treatment, then you go vegan. It’s just that simple.” – Sarah Kiser

    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=AtWO83pf3Mc

  6. Guillaume LAURENCIN says:

    Ok if “reduce” replaced by “cancel”, “abort” or “ban”

  7. These testing facilities should be SHUT DOWN permanently — there are in existence alternative non-lethal, humane methods for research NOT using animals.

  8. Forget the “REDUCE,” just ban outright! It’s 2015 for gawd sakes, and everyone needs to stop being DUPED by the LIES that drove animal research in the first place!!!
    See:
    https://www.change.org/p/animal-experimenters-justify-your-science-claims/u/10523356?tk=47IddLvD99BiUqEx0T6ngILmSKpp1AMuUgs5vwswEUw&utm_source=petition_update&utm_medium=email

  9. BAN ALL USE OF ANIMALS! Animal experimentation is redundant and unnecessary, thousands of animal “USDA” APPROVED labs are only sucking the government’s money, MY MONEY. IGNORANCE/MONEY equals animal experimentation. NO regulation whatsoever. What a joke.

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