In 2018, we at NEAVS partnered with White Coat Waste Project to issue the report “Toxic Testing: Wasteful Animal Tests at the National Toxicology Program.” We spoke up for the animals needlessly killed and delivered the report during a congressional hearing in May of that same year. We had found that in 2016 alone, the NTP’s toxicology testing wasted the lives of more than 115,000 animals. It was staggering numbers like this that we wanted our leaders on Capitol Hill to consider before continuing to fund such abysmal cruelty.
You Sounded Your Voice
Mounting pressure from animal advocates opposed to cruel and unnecessary experimentation can’t be ignored for long. The public knows that alternatives to animal testing are available—such as comprehensive toxicology databases—and many of these alternatives have been proven more effective and accurate than their animal experiment counterparts.
It was, in large part, pressure from you that enabled the EPA to even consider backing away from toxicity testing on animals. They now recognize what we all already knew: animal experimentation is wasteful and needless.
The EPA’s Plan to Reduce and Eliminate Animal Testing
The EPA’s detailed plan includes the investment of $4.25 million into research and development of alternatives—what they’re calling “New Approach Methods”, or NAMs for short—to animals used in chemical safety tests. Additionally, the EPA will reduce the requests and funding of mammal studies by 30% by 2025 and then plans to eliminate all mammal studies by 2035. In the following years, companies wanting to bring a new chemical to market will need to seek EPA approval before conducting any animal tests.
EPA Director Andrew Wheeler is quoted below:
“Through scientific innovation and strategic partnerships, we can protect human health and the environment by using cutting-edge, ethically sound science in our decision-making that efficiently and cost-effectively evaluates potential effects without animal testing.” Source
With the EPA’s changes, the agency can continue to test potential hazards to human health while avoiding unnecessary pain and suffering for animals.
We’re so thankful the EPA has made these plans that will soon spare the lives of hundreds of thousands of innocent animals.
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