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|Originally Posted: 2 April 2010|
End the National Toxicology Program's Animal Poisonings
[Ed. Note: Visit our image gallery to see some of the horrors mice endure in laboratories.]
Please help end the poisoning of animals! Send a quick, polite message to U.S. Department of Health and Human Services Secretary Kathleen Sebelius, urging her to modernize the National Toxicology Program (NTP) toxicity testing standards.
Sign an online petition
And/Or make direct contact:
Kathleen Sebelius, Secretary
INFORMATION / TALKING POINTS
PETA recently submitted a citizen petition to the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) asking that the National Toxicology Program (NTP) adopt modern toxicity testing standards. Although the NTP has a few projects underway to develop non-animal testing methods, most parts of the NTP have simply become a black hole of animal testing.
The NTP spends millions of tax dollars to poison animals in crude and cruel chemical toxicity tests. It actively encourages people to nominate (even anonymously) chemicals that they would like to see tested on animals. This has led to a long list of ill-conceived NTP testing recommendations, including proposals to conduct extensive animal testing of substances that have been used without harm for many years, such as soy infant formula or the herbal dietary supplements valerian and dong quai. At the same time, the NTP also wants more animal testing of known dangerous substances, including asbestos and benzene.
Thank you for everything you do for animals!