Three of the heaviest governmental proponents of animal testing have finally awakened from the madness. Just last month in a Science Magazine article, it was announced that the National Institutes of Health (NIH), the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) and the National Toxicology Program (NTP), have joined together to sign a “Memorandum of Understanding” to develop and implement new methods of testing that do not involve animals.
It’s about fucking time.
So this is the good news. The bad news is that it will likely take around 10 years to make a full transition away from animal testing because…you got it; they need more tests! Extensive scientific validation is apparently needed for all the new testing modalities.
Even still, let’s ponder the significance of this for a moment. Three massive entities, who have collectively churned out billions of dollars and killed millions of animals through the years, are essentially throwing in the proverbial towel on animal testing. This is huge, especially when you consider how vested in the concept they’ve all been. Consider this:
• The NIH awarded the better part of 26 billion dollars in 2004 for various research grants that went toward laboratory studies, as opposed to human clinical studies.
• The EPA has mandated more animal-based chemical toxicity testing than any other government agency, allocating nearly all of its $600 million annual research budget on these despicable tests.
• The NTP has barreled through about a billion of the taxpayer’s dollars through the years by poisoning rodents with insane amounts of drugs, pesticides and other chemicals as a way to test for cancer.
Obviously, these entities have failed to make significant ongoing connections between what’s happened to these poor animals as a result of their “science,” and how it’s supposed to be of help to us humans…hence their new position.
In the meantime, I say we all play closer attention to which entities, companies, charities, universities, etc., still insist on testing, and stop supporting them.
To check out this article in USA Today:
To see a list of which companies support animal testing and which do not, go here: