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European chemical testing policy (REACH)

From the ukanimalrights newsgroup: Sunday, May 06, 2007

I am a private individual posting this message to help Laboratory Animals.

A new European Chemical Testing Policy called REACH has now been finalised by the European Union.

Under these proposals Chemicals of every imaginable kind - from those used in industrial processes to the ingredients of consumer products - will be tested on millions of animals from mice to fish to dogs, causing untold suffering.

Still worse, because of this reliance on outdated animal techniques, reliable and relevant information will not be provided and our safety will not be assured.

If you believe that REACH should make more use of Alternative Testing to test 1000s of Chemicals that have been in general use since before 1985 then please take action now.

If you are a European citizen please contact your local papers and own MEP asking them to promote the development of humane non-animal test methods under the REACH legislation, which is the best hope we have for sparing animals the misery of a testing laboratory.

A sample letter can be found at the BUAV (British Union for the Abolition of Vivisection) website at www.BUAV.org (Select Campaigns, Chemical Testing, Get Active then Writing to the local press).

For all Non-European members, you can still help. Please tell all your colleagues and friends in the UK and Europe about REACH.
Write to your own local papers to try and inform others about what is going on in Europe.

The website for the European Parliament is:
http://www.europarl.europa.eu  
A search on "REACH" here will provide more information.

Everyone can help and you can make a difference.

Thank You

Tony Gallett

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