Tell the Department of Transportation to Stop Burning Rabbits

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Originally Posted: 27 March 2010

Tell the Department of Transportation to Stop Burning Rabbits

FROM People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals (PETA)

Tell the Department of Transportation officials to inform companies that only Corrositex® should be used to test the corrosivity of chemicals before shipping.

CONTACT

Sign an online petition

And/Or make direct contact:

Ray LaHood
Secretary, U.S. Department of Transportation
1200 New Jersey Ave, SE
Washington, DC 20590
phone (202) 366-4000
email

INFORMATION / TALKING POINTS

The Department of Transportation (DOT) continues to recommend animal tests that cause tremendous suffering for rabbits—even though a completely non-animal test known as "Corrositex®" satisfies the DOT's needs without harming a single animal.

In order to test corrosive chemicals before they are transported, the DOT allows rabbits' backs to be shaved and corrosive chemicals to be applied to their raw skin and left there for up to two weeks. These chemicals often burn the skin, leading to tissue damage. Rabbits are also given no pain relief during this excruciating test, and after the test is finished, they are killed.

Almost two decades ago, the DOT agreed to start using Corrositex® as an alternative to these cruel tests on rabbits because of its accuracy. Yet, the agency is still telling companies to use the rabbit test today.

Please take a moment of your time to urge Department of Transportation officials to inform companies that only Corrositex® should be used to test the corrosivity of chemicals before shipping.


Thank you for everything you do for animals!