In March of 2008, I did a post here about a very special Science Magazine article. In this piece, it was announced that the National Institute 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.
The announcement was epic for many of us animal lovers, because we’ve known for years about the absolute insane and illogical nature of these tests. The problem? When would these ideas go into effect? How much longer would this barbarism continue?
Well… this week we got a major step closer. The EPA, NIH and FDA just announced that 10,000 different toxicity tests for chemicals and drugs would no longer use animals! This is big, people. The number of lives this will save – dogs, rabbits, rodents, etc. – is almost incalculable.
Scope the quick article here: http://pcrm.org/media/blog/dec2011/government-plan-replace-animals-toxicity-testing
Additionally, the NIH just announced that it would stop using chimpanzees in medical and behavioral research. (Welcome to the modern world, folks! Only two countries are still doing these ridiculous tests: the US, and Gabon in central Africa.)
Check out this link: http://abcnews.go.com/blogs/health/2011/12/16/nih-puts-crimps-on-research-on-chimps/
Little by little, gang… little by little!